Vastavam web: Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari today said the perpetrators of the PNB bank fraud will be brought to book and asserted the NDA government has never protected scam-tainted people.Gadkari was replying to questions related to the alleged Rs 11,400-crore fraud at Punjab National Bank (PNB) and its fallout.Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over the mega fraud, he said, “The people wanting the PM to say something on it should be little mindful before asking such questions. They should know who is responsible for this scam.”
On his possible return to the state politics, the minister, who handles a slew of key portfolios like the Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said he is now “settled” in New Delhi and has no intention to come back to his home state of Maharashtra.Gadkari’s assertion comes in the backdrop of speculation that he may be sent back to Maharashtra as Chief Minister, replacing incumbent Devendra Fadnavis.
In the past too, he has junked such a possibility. In August last year, Gadkari was quoted as saying that Fadnavis was doing a good job in the state.”There is a lot of pollution in Delhi – air pollution as well as political pollution. But now I have got accustomed to it,” the Union minister said.Gadkari said getting a driving licence in India is one of the easiest tasks in the world and maintained 30 per of such documents in the country are bogus.
“A whopping five lakh road accidents take place in the country in which 1.5 lakh people die every year. Efforts are being undertaken to make the road travel safer and bring down the number of accidents substantially.” To check the menace of bogus driving licences, such documents will now be electronically registered under the government’s umbrella e-governance programme, he said.It will be made mandatory for the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to issue a licence within three days of a person clearing the driving test, Gadkari said.