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BHIM-Aadhaar app will fight black money and corruption: PM Modi in Nagpur

Modi said the BHIM-Aadhaar platform would play the same role of empowering the common Indian as the Constitution of India, framed by BR Ambedkar.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2017 18:03 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents gifts to Buddhists monks at Bhimrao Ambedkar's 126th birth anniversary celebrations at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents gifts to Buddhists monks at Bhimrao Ambedkar's 126th birth anniversary celebrations at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated a slew of development schemes, including BHIM-Aadhaar App, on the 126th birth anniversary of Dalit icon Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and asserted the Digidhan movement was a “safai abhiyan” and would fight corruption and black money.

Developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the Aadhaar-linked Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) mobile app for merchants is based on the Unified Payment Interface (UPI).

The Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday the BHIM-Aadhaar app will pave the way for making digital payments by using the Aadhaar platform. This will enable every Indian citizen to pay digitally using their biometric data like their thumb imprint on a merchants’ biometric-enabled device which could be smartphone having a biometric reader.

Addressing a gathering at the local Sports Complex, Modi said that the country is reaching a time when all financial transactions will take place on mobiles phones.

“BHIM-Aadhaar app’s success will be a global case study in coming days. It’s a unique concept in the field of financial sector across the world where such app will neutralise black money and corruption,” the Prime Minister said.

He also dedicated the 2000-MW thermal project in Nagpur.

He said politicians and intellectuals referred the economic policy and contributions of Dr Ambedkar in the field of the economy but nobody dared to implement his vision in this aspect. “By launching such projects, we are paying a true tribute to the great son of the country,” he said.

Modi said Ambedkar faced many hurdles but didn’t let the bitterness affect him and it never reflected from his actions or while writing the Constitution. “Dr Ambedkar did not have a trace of bitterness or revenge in him. This was his speciality,” he said.

Modi landed in Nagpur in a special air force plane at the local airport in morning and went to Deekshabhoomi, where Ambedkar and over 600,000 followers embraced Buddhism on October 14, 1956, and offered prayers to the Buddha and wrote his remarks in the visitor’s book.

He garlanded the statue of Ambedkar and paid his rich tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution. He spent about 25 minutes at the Deekshabhoomi.

The Prime Minister said that he was delighted to be there on Ambedkar Jayanti. “I am honoured to have got the opportunity to pray at Deekshabhoomi,” he added.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister for transport Nitin Gadkari, and Union minister for IT and technology Ravi Shankar Prasad were also present on the occasion.