New Delhi : In an interview with Sansad TV Union Minister Amit Shah called uneducated people a ‘burden to country.’ Adding on Amit Shah on Sunday said that “illiterate people could never become a good citizen of India.”
In an interview with Sansad TV on 20 years of Narendra Modi being in power, first as the chief minister of Gujarat and then as the Prime Minister of India, Home Minister said that the government is working to increase the enrolment of students in schools.
“When you evaluate this, you will know what could be its contribution towards a nation’s progress. Ek anpadh aadmi desh par kitna bada bojh banta hai. Na jo apne Samvidhan ke diye hue adhikaro ko jaanta hai, na smvidhan ne humse jo apeksha kari hai wo dayitva ko jaanta hai. Wo kaise ek achcha nagrik ban sakta hai? Iske andar amulchur parivartan hai. (An illiterate person is a burden on the country. He neither knows the rights given to him by the Constitution, nor knows the duties expected of him by it. How can such a person become a good citizen?)
He added, “At that time (when Narendra Modi became CM of Gujarat), the biggest problem was the dropout rate. He started an enrolment process as if it was a festival and took it to 100%. He formed a committee of parents. If a child did not come to school, it was pondered upon. Responsibility of teachers was fixed. The result was that the dropout rate dropped from 37% to less than 1 per cent.”
During the interview, Shah also hailed PM Narendra Modi as a “democratic leader” and said that even his critics would agree that the Union Cabinet has never functioned in such a democratic manner as it has during the current regime.
He says, “I have closely seen both Modi and his style of working. I have never seen a patient listener like him. Whatever may be the issue, he listens to everyone and speaks least, and then takes a proper decision.”
“Therefore, he does not hesitate taking harsh and risky decisions which may be against the party’s supporters but are in the interest of the nation and the people. When you crack down on black money, bring economic reforms, seal all loopholes of tax evasion, then some people suffer, including those who have voted for us for years.
However, they understand that Modi is not going to get anything out of this and the move will eventually benefit the country,” he said.