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Rs 49,500 crore saved from going to middlemen: PM

New Delhi, Feb 7: Prime Minister rendra Modi said on Tuesday said the government had taken several measures to plug leakages in government schemes and made annual saving of Rs 49,500 crore which, he added, was earlier lining the pockets of middlemen. Replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, Modi said there was leakage in various government schemes including the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Public Distribution System. He said 3.95 crore fake ration cards had been detected and leakages plugged to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore. (IANS)