Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa on Sunday to flag off the construction of the Greenfield international airport at Mopa and the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) hub at Tuem.
During his speech, he addressed the issue of demonetisation as well, explaining that it was not a sudden decision but had been in the works for nearly 10 months.
At the foundation stone laying event in Goa, PM Modi addressed the public congratulating them for the successful hosting of BRICS 2016 a few weeks back.
Lauding Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for ushering in a political culture in Goa, PM Modi said that “because of Manohar Parikkar, Goa saw political stability and formation of a Government that works for the welfare of the state.”
PM Modi added that “with the new airport, the impetus to tourism will be immense” and that “as far as airport is concerned, I am happy that we are fulfilling the promise made by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This will benefit Goa as a digitally trained, modern and youth driven Goa is being shaped today. This has the power to transform India.”
The Prime Minister next spoke about the controversial demonetisation decision, a decision that made “many people of India sleep peacefully & a few are sleepless even now.”
Recalling the 2014 elections, PM Modi said that “the people have chosen a government and they expect so much from it. In 2014, so many people voted to free the nation from corruption. If you asked me to defeat the menace of black money, how can I not do it? The previous government kept postponing this issue. This [demonetisation] is important step towards eradicating corruption and black money, but some people are lost in their own world.”
Speaking of the current problems due to the demonetisation issue, PM Modi said “why do we have to put the future of our youths at stake? Yes I also feel the pain. These steps taken were not a display of arrogance. I have seen poverty and understand people’s problems Those who want to do politics are free to do so, whoever is in loss should cry and blame, but my honest countrymen, just be with me for 50 days. If any money that was looted in India and has left Indian shores, it is our duty to find out about it.”
He continued “you’ll be shocked to know that many MPs asked me not to make PAN mandatory for any purchase of jewellery,” adding that now “those involved in big scams now have to stand in queues to exchange Rs 4000.”
PM Modi concluded, saying “for the country I have left my home, family, giving everything to the country. I was not born to sit on a chair of high office. Whatever I had, my family, my home-I left it for nation. I know the forces up against me, they may not let me live, they may ruin me because their loot of 70 years is in trouble, but am prepared.”
The first phase of Mopa international airport will be ready in 2019-20 with a capacity to handle 4.5 million passengers annually. On completion of the fourth and final stage, the yearly capacity of the airport will be 28 million passengers.