Indian PM Modi promises to fight poverty in India

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:27 GMT, Sep 19, 2015 |

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday (September 18) that education was one of the biggest weapon to fight poverty and his government’s aim is to make poor self-reliant.

Modi undertook a day-long tour of his parliamentary constituency of temple town Varanasi, in northern Uttar Pradesh state, where he distributed e-rickshaws to the poor.

He said one of the best efforts that can be adopted to remove poverty is education. “The biggest and easiest weapon available to fight against poverty is to educate one’s children,” said Modi.

Modi said that ‘Garib Hatao’ (remove poverty) had unfortunately been reduced to a slogan from many decades. “The first aim is to make poor self-reliant and since past almost 40 years we have only heard about ‘Garib Hatao’ (remove poverty).”

Modi highlighted that how the social security scheme of the federal government, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, helped the poor in India.