PM gives a fillip to rural goods


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday attend the inauguration of the birth centenary celebrations of Sangh Parivar veteran Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary. Everyone should resolve to work for the villages.

Explaining the impact of good governance, he said poorer states have fewer jobs under the government's flagship rural employment scheme- MNREGA- as compared to states which are better off.

Taking his address further, he said that the essence of democracy is Jan Bhagidari and integrating people in the development journey of the cities and villages.

"It is not enough to say we want to ensure development".

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The prime minister said schemes should be implemented without diluting the spirit behind it.

Modi said it was imperative that correct guidelines flow down from above and correct information flows up from below. 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.

Talking about his ambitious "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan", Modi said that people in rural India have started mentioning toilets as "Izzat Ghars". At an event in Delhi, the Prime Minister also released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.

He equated Deshmukh with Jayaprakash Narayan, who led the anti-Congress movement during the Emergency. Loknayak JP was deeply popular among youngsters.

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The PM said that JP Narayan was never interested in politics and was actively involved in the Quit India Movement while fighting corruption in the nation.

After Deendayal Upadhyay, the Modi government has taken to promoting Deshmukh, terming him a visionary of rural development.

He also said rural India today seeks facilities available in cities such as power supply, latest technology and internet connection.

Modi digitally inaugurated 11 Rural Self Employment Training Institutes buildings and a plant phenomics facility at Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

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PM launched the DISHA portal that aims at coordination and monitoring of development works at the district level.