New Delhi, Sept 1: One need not be corrupt and money-minded but he or she can make use of the bank account, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday and also went onto reveal that a very long span of his life has passed without any bank account.
"Jo Khata nahi hae woh bhi khata rakhta hae (One who is not money-minded and corrupt can also have a bank account)," the Prime Minister said launching the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
The remarks threw the entire gathering at the spacious Talkatora Indoor Stadium here into peels of laughter. The observations are also seen as a veiled attack on the political rivals as in the run-up to the 2014 elections, Modi had repeatedly said in election campaign that - "Na mein Khaoonga, Na Khane doonga (I will not indulge in corruption and never allow others to do so)".
Prime Minister Modi also shared personal anecdote of his first bank account and said one such account was opened during his school days. But he said he had hardly made use of the same. "Hamare jeevan mein kabhi bank account ka koi nata nahi raha (In my life, bank account hardly came in use)," Mr Modi said.
He recalled that his school time account remained 'with zero balance' for long and after 32 years, the officials had approached him for his signature to close the account. The Prime Minister also referred to steps taken by his government on Non Performing Assets via-a-vis 12 big loan defaulters.
"These 12 bank defaulters were given loan before 2014...the NPA amount comes to near about Rs 2 lakh crore. Actions have been taken against them and results are visible," he said.
"There are 27 other big time loan defaulters, wherein there is NPA of Rs 1 lakh crore. We are working to ensure repayment of this money too," Modi added. The Indian Postal department has a 1.5 lakh post offices across the country and more than three million postmen are connected to the masses with it.
The Government has taken the services of postmen and Grameen Dak Sevaks to transform it into the most powerful system in the 21st century. All postmen carry smartphones and a digital device to provide its service to the poor’s doorstep, the Prime Minister said.
With the launch, the IPPB services were started at its 650 branches and 3,250 access points spread across the country. By December end, the services would be available at all 1.55 lakh post offices. (UNI)