Nation celebrates birth anniversaries of Nanaji Deshmukh & JP Narayan

PM Narendra Modi Speaks on Nanaji Deshmukh Birth Anniversary, Says Essence of Democracy is 'Jan Bhagidari'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sangh Parivar veteran and former Rajya Sabha member, Nanaji Deshmukh on his 101st anniversary. Everyone should resolve to work for the villages.

He also said that India lacks good governance in some states.

He said that while that is "important, but the real essence of a democracy is jan bhagidari or public participation". He said that development is visible in states where there is good governance. This is the first meeting of any top AIADMK leader with the Prime Minister since the merger of the two factions of the party - one led by Panneerselvam and another by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami. Modi said, "we are trying for reducing input cost and increasing productivity".

Talking about his ambitious "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan", Modi said that people in rural India have started mentioning toilets as "Izzat Ghars". Address an audience of about 10,000 people, drawn from Self Help Groups, Panchayats, water conservation innovators, and beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana at Pusa, PM Modi stressed on the need for comprehensive and "outcome driven" efforts and not "output driven" ones. The likes of Loknayak JP and Dr. Lohia were active during the "Quit India" movement, inspired by the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi.

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. He also informed how his leadership rattled those in power that time. The prime minister also digitally inaugurated 11 Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) and a Plant Phenomics Facility at Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

Referring to Nanaji Deshmukh and his devotion towards rural development, PM Modi spoke about how the great social activist refused to join the Janata Government as minister, when it was formed in 1977 saying that he would prefer working to make villages self-reliant and free from poverty. He will launch a portal for coordination and monitoring of development works at the district level.

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