World needs more leaders like you: WB Chief to Modi

After President Obama wrote a flattering profile article in the Times for Mr Modi, it is now the turn of World Bank Chief to join in with the praises for the Indian Prime Minister on the occasion of his government completing a year in office.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim congratulated the Prime Minister for his visionary steps towards ending poverty w tweeting- “Congratulations, @narendramodi, on one year of visionary steps toward ending poverty in #India. The world needs more leaders like you.”

In reply, Mr Modi thanked the President for his kind words and tweeted that everyone should work together to make our world a better place, and especially to end the menace of poverty.

Last month, Melinda Gates, the Co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, had met Mr Modi and appreciated the pro-poor initiatives of his government, especially the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, for improving sanitation and cleanliness, and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, for financial inclusion.

The Mr Modi-led government has been accused of being pro-rich, and favoring the industrialists by the opposition, which has called the government a “suit boot ki sarkaar”. They have blamed the government for diluting key bills for safeguarding interests of the poor as the Land Acquisition Bill, and spending excessive time in foreign tours, rather than attending to the concerns of the common man.

The Prime Minister has brushed aside these allegations, and has reiterated his government was working with an aim to eradicate poverty and all the new schemes and revamped welfare measures were in the interests of the poor.