The PM appealed to the people of India while clarifying reasons for his government's decision of hiking diesel price and allowing FDI in multi-brand retail. Stressing 'money doesn't grow on trees', the prime minister said had the government not acted, it would have meant a higher fiscal deficit.
Modi condemned Singh by saying it was surprising to see a reputed economist like him trying to convince the people of the country in such a language. He said the people of the country were mature enough to understand that money doesn't grow on trees. Modi was addressing a gathering at Vivekananda Youth Convention here.
The senior BJP leader charged the Congress for making scams like 2G and Coalgate as their money trees and they were leaving the country in the ruins.
Modi also offered sops in the form of irrigation project, setting up of an institute to train in skill development in construction work like in road and building and also shelters for migrant tribal workers in the urban areas.
The Gujarat CM said the government has plans to build a 650-km long pipeline of Narmada Canal linking Vadodara-Panchmahals-Dahod for a whopping Rs 3,500 crore and the project, which will cover 700 villages, will help irrigate over 2 lakh acres of land in the tribal belt.
Modi said he has focussed on development of the tribal areas in the last decade and promised to turn the area into an industrial hub.