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Prime Minister vows to change middle class' fear of taxation, says saving energy his focus
Monday August 15, 2016 8:56 AM, Agencies

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New Delhi:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday the common people are more scared of income tax officials than the police, adding that his government will change this.

"The middle class is more bothered about tax than the police. This situation needs to change... I will change it," Modi said in his speech from Red Fort on India's 70th Independence Day.

"There was a time a honest citizen would pay tax, but once the money went into the government's coffers, refunds would take months," the prime minister said referring to refunds of tax deducted at source.

"Now we give refunds online and it is given in weeks," he said.

India faces "lakhs of problems" but Indians have the intelligence to overcome them, he said.

"Yes, we face several problems. But we are capable of overcoming them," Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

"India has lakhs of problems," he added. "But the 125 crore Indians have the intelligence to overcome them."

He said saving energy was a focus of his government and pledged to distribute 77 crore electricity efficient LED lights in the country.

"We want to distribute 77 crore more LED bulbs. I urge you all to use LED bulbs, save energy and take part in helping our nation," Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

He said the government had brought down the cost of a Rs 350 LED bulb to Rs 50.

"I do not want to ask where all that money used to go (during the previous governments). I am happy to inform you that we have distributed 13 crore such bulbs."

Modi said when he took power in 2014, more than 18,000 villages in India did not have electricity.

"When we came to power, we decided they must get electricity within a thousand days. Not even half the time has passed and 10,000 villages have got already electricity."



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