Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Don't judge me only on demonetisation and GST, says Modi in interview

Don't judge me only on demonetisation and GST, says Modi in interview

It is the misfortune of India that governments have worked only for winning elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, adding that he will prefer to focus on his work rather than wasting time over calculations for 2019 general elections. It is natural that the world wants to talk directly to India and the world wants to hear directly from the horse's mouth about India's policies and potential.

This would be Modi's first Davos visit and also the first by an Indian prime minister since the one by H D Deve Gowda in 1997.

Speaking about various government schemes, the Prime Minister said that in the last one year, more than 70 lakh people have joined the EPFO and over 10 crore people have benefited from the Mudra scheme, under which almost Rs 4 lakh crore has been disbursed.

Talking about his global approach, the Prime Minister who recently hosted his Israeli counterpart in New Delhi and Gujarat said, "They said my understanding was limited to Gujarat". It wants to hear what the 'mukhia (leader)' is saying.

Modi would address the opening plenary on January 23.

On increasing FDI inflows, Modi said the world has seen that this government has a "different thought" and it is good to attract global attention. "I did not have any baggage", he said.

Asked about his habit of keeping a busy schedule, Modi said his doctor friends advise him against it but he can not live without work and wanted to utilise every moment of his life for the country's benefit.

On the criticism of his government on implementation of the GST, he said, "the success of the GST lies in the power of the federal structure". The GST regime came into force from July 1, 2017.

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