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PM Narendra Modi attends inauguration of birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh

11 October 2017

The Prime Minister visited an exhibition on the theme "technology and rural life". The exhibition showcases over a hundred good practices and applications. At an event in Delhi, the Prime Minister also released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.

He will offer floral tributes to Nanaji Deshmukh and Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan. As on date, integration of datasets of 41 programmes and schemes of 20 Ministries has been achieved on this Portal. The prime minister also digitally inaugurated 11 Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) and a Plant Phenomics Facility at Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

He also launched Gram Samvaad - a citizen centric mobile app to serve and empower the rural citizens of India, by facilitating single window access for citizens to information at Gram Panchayat level, on various Rural Development programs. "At that time, standing shoulder to shoulder with him was Nanaji Deshmukh, who took the blow to protect him", PM Modi said.

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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. "People have no savings to spend, just because of PM's personal ambitions", said Singh while noting that the controversial demonetisation and GST decisions had hit the economy.

Trying to hardsell the government's "pro-poor" image, Prime Minister Narendra Modi deplored the "destruction" of villages due to "venom of casteism" and said efforts should be made to help them rise above it so that they become inclusive and cohesive entities.

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.

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The Prime Minister recalled when the Janata Party government was formed in 1977, Nanaji Deshmukh was requested to join as a minister but he refused.

Speaking further, PM Modi said that facilities that are associated with cities must also be made available to the villages. "If we do it in a time-bound manner and ensure our schemes benefit the target group, there is no dilution or diversion and the approach is outcome-based, then by 2022, our rural development will be so fast that it will fulfil our dreams of the past 70 years", Mr. Modi said. Regular interaction with governments is required, he added.

Mr. Modi said he did not agree with the view that "the country lacks resources to ensure development to the last person in a queue".

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PM Narendra Modi attends inauguration of birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh