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Social justice is an article of faith for NDA: Modi

IANS  |  Tiruppur (Tamil Nadu) 

Kicking off his campaign for the next elections in the southern states here on Sunday, came down heavily on the opposition parties.

Modi was on a day-long visit to the states of Tamil Nadu, and for the launch of several developmental projects as well as his poll campaign. He visited Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Raichur in and Tiruppur in

Addressing a public rally in Tiruppur, about 470 km from the state capital Chennai, Modi said, "For us, social justice is an article of faith and not a mathematical formula, the way it is for the opposition parties."

He said it was the NDA government led by that restored reservation in promotions for the SC/ST, a privilege that was scrapped by the Congress-led at the Centre earlier.

Referring to his government's decision to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward sections, Modi said the move aims at equality of opportunities to all.

He said the 10 per cent reservation will not affect the existing reservation for SC/ST and Other Backward Communities.

Alleging that the opposition was good at spreading panic and misleading the youth, farmers and other sections of society, the said that for a long time the opposition parties had created tension in society on the issue of social justice.

Modi criticised the Congress' farm loan waiver scheme saying that it would not benefit anybody, but would result in an extra burden of Rs 50,000 crore.

He said for the first time in India's history, his government had announced a Rs 6,000/pa income scheme for farmers' holding less than five acres of land.

When the scheme was announced in Parliament the opposition parties were left shocked, he added.

Modi disclosed that under the income scheme, a sum of Rs 7,50,000 lakh crore would be deposited in banks over the next 10 years.

The PM also announced the setting up of a department for fisheries in and laid the foundation stone of a 100-bed (ESIC) hospital.

The hospital will cater to the needs of over 100,000 workers and their family members in the hosiery town and nearby areas covered under the ESI Act.

Modi also laid the foundation stones of a new integrated building at and the new via

To ensure a reliable supply of to and the neighbouring states, the PM also dedicated to the nation in Chennai.

He also inaugurated a pipeline from to Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd's (CPCL) in Chennai. The pipeline has been built with enhanced safety features.

Modi also dedicated to the nation a 470-bed in Chennai and passenger service on the 10-km stretch of the Chennai Metro Rail -- to

Earlier, Modi flew down from to Tiruppur via At airport, he was received by

The visit met with a black flag protest led by (MDMK)

and his supporters were detained by the police as they released black balloons in the sky and shouted "Go back Modi" near the railway station.



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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 18:46 IST