PM launches app named after Dalit icon BR Ambedkar
: With 50 days of note ban “pain” that Prime Minister Narendra Modihad sought from the people having expired, he appealed for greater numbers to switch to digital transactions on Friday.
said the note ban decision and digital transactions could usher in India’s golden age, that India would again become the ‘sone ki chidiya’, the proverbial golden bird that signified its wealth. He said note ban was evidence of his commitment to uplifting the poor, and claimed how divine intervention has supported his cause.
Modi said the monetary gains from note ban will be used for welfare of the poor.
At an event to distribute cash awards to people who have used digital transactions at the DigiDhan Mela at Talkatora Stadium, the PM appealed to people to carry out five digital transactions from 1 January, 2017.
He also launched an app called ‘Bhim’, named after the architect of Constitution of India Bhim Rao Ambedkar, to encourage digital transactions. Modi extolled the contribution of Ambedkar to India’s economic planning.
Ambedkar is a Dalit icon. Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the larger Sangh Parivar has tried to reach out to the Dalits, which do not constitute its traditional support base, in the last couple of years. Majority of Dalits, who along with Muslims are two of the poorest communities in India, are not part of the formal economy. They also comprise a significant 20 per cent of the electorate in Uttar Pradesh and over 31 per cent in Punjab. Both of these states go to polls in February-March.
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