Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

PM to inaugurate birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh

PM to inaugurate birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh

"The government is taking steps to take forward villages", he said.

Modi hailed Deshmukh as a great leader who stayed away from power politics and devoted his life to serve the country and put across a vision for the development of rural India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Sangh Parivar veteran and former Rajya Sabha member, Nanaji Deshmukh on his 101st anniversary. "Remembering Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary". Attending a special function to mark the birth centenary of Nanaji Deshmukh, PM Modi spoke of the farsightedness of Nanaji in making villages self reliant and disease free. The likes of Loknayak JP and Dr. Lohia were active during the "Quit India" movement, inspired by the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi. He had also supported Jayaprakash Narayan's call for "Total Revolution".

He said that mere thought of doing can not bring change, it comes by following a strict timeline; the budget allocation should be evaluated by how much has been achieved rather than how much have been invested.

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. PM also interacted with rural innovators there. The facility will help agriculture sector benefit with the latest research and innovations.

Modi launched the DISHA Portal - a smart governance tool developed for MPs and MLAs for monitoring the implementation of various programmes and schemes of different ministries in their constituencies through a single portal.

Prime Minister Modi will also launch the Gram Samvad App which will carry information on the progress of rural development works at the Gram Panchayat level. This app is part of the movement to build a new India by 2022. It is also a means to connect directly with officers at all levels. It has been designed on the theme - soochna se sashaktikaran - Empowerment through Information. He has also pitched for central government's efforts regarding various rural development schemes.

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