Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked for an outcome-based approach to development in rural areas which should be free of poverty, illness and casteism.
"Initiatives have to be completed on time and fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries", Modi said.
The Prime Minister shared his views on rural development at an event to mark the centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh, one of the founding members of the Jana Sangh and social reformer, and the 115th birth anniversary of the socialist leader Jayprakash Narayan. He said lack of "good governance" was what was holding back the desired results. "If people in big households use earthen lamps made by our potters for Deepavali, then you ensure that they too can celebrate the festival", he said.
The Prime Minister said states where governance is good are able to launch more projects, creating greater employment opportunities.
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.
Modi added that if the villages have 24-hour power and water supply and were connected with optical cable for Internet, teachers, doctors and bureaucrats will come forward on their own to work there.
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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.
"The likes of Loknayak JP and (Ram Manohar) Lohia were active during the "Quit India" movement inspired by the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi".
"Loknayak JP fought corruption in the nation".
"The Prime Minister also remembered Nanaji Deshmukh and said that the country was "motivated" by his service". He also informed how his leadership rattled those in power that time. Modi recalled that he gave up his political life by refusing an offer from former prime minister Morarji Desai to become a minister in his government and spent his remaining years serving people in Chitrakoot area of Uttar Pradesh.
PM launched the DISHA portal that aims at coordination and monitoring of development works at the district level.