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GST could be studied in US B-schools: Modi

Virginia [U.S.A.], June 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while lauding the proactive approach of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as he addressed the Indian Diaspora in the United States, asserted that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has emerged as a strong humanitarian force for Indians globally.In his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” programme broadcast on Sunday, Modi shared a letter by Arulmozhi Sarvanan, a housewife in Madurai, who availed a loan through Mudra scheme, connected with Government E-Marketplace -GEM and supplied two thermoses to the PMO for Rs 1,600. He said, its objective is minimum price and maximum ease, efficiency and transparency.”It is not the Union Cabinet, but the Prime Minister’s Office that takes all decisions”, said Vadakkan. “That is our heritage and we have to strengthen that heritage”, Modi said.”The Emergency will be remembered for the way in which people of India came together and safeguarded democratic values. I’m happy to see that cleanliness is no longer confined to being a government programme but is being transformed into a movement by the people”, he said. “When he completed one year in prison, he wrote a poem describing his feelings”, the Prime Minister said.The Prime Minister also said Clean India has turned into a “people’s movement” and Muslims of Mubarakpur in Uttar Pradesh have turned the holy month of Ramzan into an “opportunity to serve the society”. He said, the village returned the 17 lakh rupees financial assistance received from the government saying this sum be used for other facilities in the village.”If he learns from the lessons of Emergency, which we all have, he should learn from the new traits developed by his own government”, said Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan.On Chinas refusal to allow entry to the first batch of around 50 Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim, Vadakkan said this reflects that Indias ties with neighbouring countries are suffering. No Indian can ever forget. Mr Modi said, there is a need to be constantly alert about democracy and the events that inflicted harm upon democracy must be remembered.In his monthly radio broadcast, “Mann Ki Baat”, Modi remembered the Emergency as the “dark period” that can not be forgotten.