Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering to commemorate birth anniversaries of social activist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Nanaji Deshmukh and Indian Independence activist Jayarakash Narayan in New Delhi on Wednesday.The Prime Minister paid tributes to them and spoke about how both of them devoted their lives towards the betterment of our nation. He said lack of "good governance" was what was holding back the desired results. "MGNREGA is a scheme meant for the poor, but I have noticed that the States where there is more poverty give less MNREGA work, while those that have less poverty allocate more MNREGA work", he said.
For sustainable development of rural India, he said, schemes that are developed after taking into account the needs of people should be implemented using latest technology. 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 it was imperative that correct guidelines flow down from above and correct information flows up from below.
"Efforts have to be comprehensive and "outcome-driven" not "output-driven".
"Loknayak JP fought against corruption". Hence, same facilities should be made available in rural areas, he asserted.
Hailing the role of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan in awakening the conscience of the nation, the Prime Minister recalled the inspiring life of JP, who even quit politics and chose to work in the interest of the people. He also informed how his leadership rattled those in power that time. At an event in Delhi, the Prime Minister also released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh. He will then inaugurate a Plant Phenomics Facility of IARI.
After Deendayal Upadhyay, the Modi government has taken to promoting Deshmukh, terming him a visionary of rural development.
Modi also launched the DISHA Portal - a tool developed for MPs and MLAs for monitoring the implementation of various schemes of different ministries in their constituencies through a single portal.