Prime Minister Narendra Modi set out a stern warning of tough action against the “dishonest” people even as he announced a slew of sops for senior citizens, farmers, rural housing, women and small entrepreneurs to soften the blow of demonetisation. He also assuaged the honest people that the government will act as a friend to them so that their difficulties are eased. Among the sops announced in his address to the nation at the end of 50-day demonetisation period, Modi said senior citizens will get 8 per cent interest on deposits of upto Rs 7.5 lakh for 10 years and deposit of Rs 6000 into accounts of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas to meet medical expenses.
For farmers, he announced that banks will not charge interest for 60 days on loans taken from district cooperative central bank and primary societies for rabi crop. For construction or expansion of a rural house, 3 per cent interest will be waived on loan of upto Rs 2 lakh. Announcing two new schemes under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, he said 4 per cent interest subvention on loans upto Rs 9 lakh and 3 per cent on loan upto Rs 12 lakh.
“The law will take its course with full force. The government will help the honest and protect them and see their difficulties are eased. How honest will gain from the government. This government is a friend of good people and wants to build on the good environment for the people to return to goodness,” he said.
Perhaps the most surprising bit was PM’s refusal to say the word Mitron. Here’s how Twitter reacted to his speech:
English main fir se #ModiSpeech dekh ke katwao mat. Jao daru piyo aur new year manao !— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) December 31, 2016
Can anyone explain rationale of scheme of RS 6000 to pregnant women? When did demonetisation become impregnation?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) December 31, 2016
Mitron – End the era of subsidies
Mitron – I am announcing new subsidies for poor
There is no end to era of subsidies— Winger (@vaz_paz) December 31, 2016
Pic 1: Expectation from Modi’s speech
Pic 2: Reality.
. pic.twitter.com/3C2adWsSU0— PhD in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) December 31, 2016
Modi’s speech was not about demonetisation but about election.He tired to bribe people of India by giving them sops who are angry with him.— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) December 31, 2016
People who will be benefitted from new schemes and people who party on new year eve are mutually exclusive. #Mitron— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) December 31, 2016
PM Modi ji announced monetary help for Pregnant ladies.. Looks like he has so much expectations from the parties of 31st. #ModiSpeech— Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) December 31, 2016
Modi: Bank karmchaariyon ne din raat ek kiya hai…
Axis Bank: Aur humne din raat ke saath black aur white bhi ek kiya hai !#ModiSpeech— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) December 31, 2016
This #ModiSpeech is reminding me of school. Next period is free, but sir ka lecture nahi khatam ho raha, sabko class me bitha ke rakha hai.— Akshar (@AksharPathak) December 31, 2016
Disappointed. Modi hasn’t uttered a word on unemployment. We (Uday, Dino, Ritesh, Tusshar) are unfollowing him immediately.#ModiSpeech— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbacchhan) December 31, 2016
Ppl on Twitter: We’ll troll Modi whenever he says Mitron during #ModiSpeech
Modi: I will troll them back by replacing Mitron with Doston.— Áßhi (@Abhi__Original) December 31, 2016
Massive news for Intellectuals & liberals : No Emergency declared! #ModiSpeech— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) December 31, 2016
Didn’t use “Mitron” even once?
MODI HAS UNFRIENDED THE NATION.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 31, 2016
I applaud PM Mr. Modiji for improving the health of the nation by putting random speech and postponing everyone’s first drink by an hour.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 31, 2016
Arun Jaitley now understands how Ambati Rayudu felt when batting with Dhoni in that T20 vs England— Arnab Ray (@greatbong) December 31, 2016
Bolega yeh.. gaali mujhe milegi. pic.twitter.com/yKqNApVCKW— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 31, 2016