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Digital India proving to be boon for people during COVID-19: Smriti Irani


PTI, Jun 11, 2020, 9:16 AM IST

New Delhi: The opposition used to “mock” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign but the exercise has turned out to be a “boon” during the COVID-19 pandemic as welfare benefits have been directly sent to the people who need them, Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani said on Wednesday, June 10.

Speaking at a ‘virtual rally’ for Uttarakhand, she said cash was transferred to over 20 crores ‘Jan Dhan’ bank accounts, and poor households received ration for three months free, according to a BJP statement.

“Crores of people have also received benefits as part of Rs 1.7 lakh crore package announced by Narendra Modi,” she said.

“The opposition had mocked the slogan of digital India given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi six years back. But now digital India is proving to be a boon during this global pandemic,” she said.

“People’s faith in the government has increased under Modi as they are getting their welfare benefits straight in their bank accounts which was not the case earlier,” she said.

Targeting the Congress, she said most of the money meant for development earlier used to be lost to corruption.

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