Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering to commemorate birth anniversaries of social activist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Nanaji Deshmukh and Indian Independence activist Jayarakash Narayan in New Delhi on Wednesday.The Prime Minister paid tributes to them and spoke about how both of them devoted their lives towards the betterment of our nation. He did pioneering work towards poverty alleviation, rural health, rural education and took forward the legacy of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya for nation building.
"Our villages are still poisoned with the venom of casteism. the poison of casteism destroys the village and crushes its dreams". Everyone should resolve to work for the villages.
"Initiatives have to be completed on time and fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries", Modi said. "Remembering Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary". He said lack of "good governance" was what was holding back the desired results. Explaining the impact of good governance, he said poorer states had fewer jobs under the government's flagship rural employment scheme - MNREGA - as compared to states that were better off.
He said that while that is "important, but the real essence of a democracy is jan bhagidari or public participation". There should be no dilution or diversion from the spirit it was conceived.
Modi said it was imperative that correct guidelines flow down from above and correct information flows up from below.
He said if rural products such as earthen lamps are used in cities like a "fashion statement", it would help the poor in villages prosper. Modi said that if that was achieved along with proper water supply and internet connection, teachers, doctors and bureaucrats would not hesitate in living there.
He added that the "facilities that are associated with cities must also be made available to our villages".
"Efforts have to be comprehensive and "outcome-driven" not "output-driven".
"The likes of Loknayak JP and (Ram Manohar) Lohia were active during the "Quit India" movement inspired by the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi". His call for a "total revolution" to rid the nation from hunger, rising prices, corruption and poverty triggered massive movement across India. His leadership rattled those in power that time and during a march he was even attacked. He visited an exhibition on the theme "technology and rural life".
The Prime Minister also launched Gram Samvaad - a citizen-centric mobile app meant for facilitating single-window access for citizens to information at the gram panchayat level on various rural development programmes.