Committed to curb corruption, says Narendra Modi at Bogibeel bridge inauguration in Assam, cites extradition of Christian Michel to India

Dibrugarh: Asserting that his government is committed to curbing corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday cited the extradition of AgustaWestland chopper scam accused Christian Michel from UAE to India to underline his point.

"Our government is committed to fighting corruption," he said, while inaugurating the country's largest rail-road Bogibeel bridge which will significantly reduce travel time between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Narendra Modi in Mumbai. Twitter@NarendraModi

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Twitter@NarendraModi

"Four years ago, nobody could even think that the biggest 'Razdaar' (custodian of secrets) in the helicopter scam could be brought to India. But he has been brought here by our government," Modi said.

He was referring to the extradition of Michel from the UAE earlier this month in connection with irregularities in Rs 3,600 crore deal signed in 2010 for the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland company.

"On one hand under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana our government has given houses to more than 1.25 crore families while under the Benami Transactions Act have seized Rs 5,000 crore of bungalows and vehicles from the corrupt ones," he said.

Talking about infrastructure, Prime Minister Modi said that his government in the last four years has built three bridges over Brahmaputra river that is equivalent to the number of bridges made in 60-70 years after the independence.

Prime Minister Modi said: "The delayed infrastructure projects were adversely impacting India's development trajectory. When we assumed office, we added speed to these projects and work towards their quick completion."

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Updated Date: Dec 25, 2018 18:31 PM

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