On Child Deaths In Gorakhpur

The recent death of nearly 70 children at a state-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh, and said sympathies of the entire nation were with the affected families. I assure the people that with all sensitivity in mind, the government will ensure the well-being and safety of people and will leave no stone unturned to help them.

On Natural Calamities

Many parts of the country faced natural calamities in the recent past. Children died at a hospital, the entire nation is with them. Natural calamities become a big challenge. Good rains contribute to prosperity of the country, but climate change creates problems.

On Jammu Kashmir

My government is committed to restoring the lost glory of Kashmir and its status as 'heaven on earth'. Na gaali se samasya sulajhne wali hai, na goli se, samasya suljhegi har Kashmiri ko gale lagane se (Kashmir probem cannot be resolved by either bullets or by abuses. It can be resolved by embracing all Kashmiris). Only a "handful of separatists" were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the state and asserted that there will be no soft approach towards terrorism.

On National Security

National Security is a priority and the country is capable of defending itself in all spheres. India is capable of tackling any challenge in any frontier -- land, sea or the cyber space.

On Demonetisation

Over Rs 1.75 lakh crore deposited in banks post note-ban and more than 18 lakh people with disproportionate income are under government scrutiny. Those who have looted the nation and looted the poor are not able to sleep peacefully today. Demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November helped bring over Rs 3 lakh crore of hereto unaccounted wealth into the banking system.

On Tax Evasion

More than 18 lakh people have been identified whose income is more than their declared wealth. And they have to answer questions on how they accumulated such wealth. Of the 18 lakh, 4.5 lakh people have come out in open and are seeking to amend their "mistakes. Oone lakh had not paid income tax ever in past.

n Shell Companies

More than three lakh "shell companies" set up to facilitate generation of black money have been unearthed by the government. The drive against black money has led to the discovery of many shell companies. Following demonetisation, over three lakh companies have been found which are nothing but shell companies. Of these, the registrations of 175,000 companies have been cancelled. You will be surprised to know that there are 400 shell companies operating from same address. There was no enquiry and all of it was going on in connivance (between tax evaders and officials). And for this, I embarked on a fight against black money and corruption. Our fight against corruption and black money will continue. We are working to bring transparency using technology. We are fighting corruption - for the bright future of India and the well-being of our people.

On GST Implementation

The implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), that subsumed over a dozen central and state levies to weave India into one market, has been smooth. GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST and the role of technology has also helped. Removal of check posts after implementation of GST has cut time for transporting goods.