The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the nation to bring back every ‘single penny’ of black money stashed abroad.

“Trust this Pradhan Sewak. For me, this (black money issue) is a matter of article of faith. Every single penny of poor men’s money taken abroad must be brought back. This is my commitment (to you),” Modi said while addressing the nation in his second edition of ‘Man Ki Baat’ on Radio.

These remarks come days after the Government submitted a list of 627 foreign bank account holders before the Supreme Court in the black money case. The Modi-led government has come under flak for talking in the same language which the earlier UPA Government used to do on black money (in that names of back money holders cannot be revealed because of tax treaties).

Modi made it clear that there is no estimate of how much black money is stashed abroad. He also assured the nation that he would leave no stone unturned.

Clean India mission

Talking about Swachhta Abhiyaan (cleanliness mission), he said that unhygienic situations cause sickness and it is the poor who gets affected first.

“Cleanliness helps the poor. It will help him in getting rid of economic misery,” Modi said. This mission was launched on October 2 and it aims to present a clean India on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Scholarship scheme

He announced a special scholarship scheme for specially-abled students, wanting to go for technical education. It has also been decided to give Rs 1 lakh to each of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Central Universities to create necessary infrastructure for specially-abled students.

Khadi sales

Referring to his appeal to buy at least one khadi cloth in his inaugural address, he expressed happiness that sales of Khadi have gone up by 125 per cent.

Stating that he will talk about drug addiction in his next edition of radio broadcast, he appealed to people to share their views in this regard.