Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday heaped praise on outgoing Planning Commission vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya and said that the latter transformed the government body in his three-year tenure. Modi said that Panagariya, who was living in the United States for the last 45 years, ‘left everything’ for India on his single request. “Panagariya ji was living in US for 45 years, I requested he contribute some time for the nation, he left everything in the US and came to India,” Modi said. Modi made his comments while addressing 200 young CEOs who have gathered here to participate in the ‘Champions Of Change’ programme organised by the Niti Aayog.
Earlier on Monday, Panagariya also addressed the CEOs and said that India’s private sector needs to come forward to create well-paid jobs. “India’s big focus is on creating good jobs. The pvt sector has to deliver to create well-paid, high productivity jobs,” Panagariya was quoted as saying by Niti Aayog in a tweet. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also addressed the young CEOs and spoke about the Jan Dhan initiative of the government that has helped in pushing financial inclusion. “Jan Dhan has proved to be a great launching pad to enable Financial Inclusion in India,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was quoted saying by Niti Aayog.
Jaitley added that country needs effective regulators. Modi had held a similar meeting with 212 young entrepreneurs last week as part of the ‘Champions Of Change’ programme. Earlier, Modi, addressing the CEOs, said that welfare of the people and the happiness of citizens is supreme for the government.
“In Government, the welfare of the people and the happiness of citizens is supreme,” PM Modi was quoted as saying on his Twitter account, ahead of the speech. The prime minister appealed people to think about their contribution to the country. “We are always thinking about where the nation will reach through our work,” PM added. “Every citizen must have a feeling that this country is mine and I have to work for the country, I want to add something towards its growth,” PM Modi said.