Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to political leader Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan and Sangh Parivar veteran Nanaji Deshmukh on their birth anniversaries. Initiatives have to be completed on time and the fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries. "JP was never interested in power politics", Modi said at the event.
"It is not enough to say we want to ensure development". He said lack of "good governance" was what was holding back the desired results.
He said RBI's Consumer Confidence Survey for September 2017 says 40.7 percent of surveyed people feel that the economic conditions had worsened this year as opposed to 25.3 percent last year, while 33,000 people enter the job market daily, but the Modi government enables only 450 jobs a day.
He said the States that had an efficient and proactive machinery delivered welfare schemes better.
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.
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.
Referring to efforts being made to end the practice of open defecation, he said an increasing number of villages are now naming toilets as 'izzat ghar' (house of honour) as women do not have to relieve themselves in the open anymore. He was addressing a gathering in Delhi to mark the birth centenary of reformist Nanaji Deshmukh and the 115th birth anniversary of socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan.
"Loknayak JP fought against corruption". His leadership rattled those in power that time and during a march he was even attacked.
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 followed JP and preferred to devote himself towards rural development and making our villages self-reliant, free from poverty", he added.
The Prime Minister said that in states with more poverty, work allocation under the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) was less but it was more in states with good governance and lesser poverty.
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