Modi was speaking in New Delhi at the birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh. He said solutions for sustainable development in rural India can not be force-fed from the outside but would have to be developed taking into account the needs of the people.
The prime minister said schemes should be implemented without diluting the spirit behind it. Jayaprakash Narayan later recalled the incident saying, "if Nanaji Deshmukh had not physically intervened, receiving" the blow "aimed at me, I would have been a dead man".
The audience was drawn from among representatives of self-help groups, panchayats, water conservation innovators and beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Today is also the birth anniversary of Jai Prakash Narayan.
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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.
Jai Prakash Narayan's unflinching courage & righteousness also continues to inspire every Indian. Nanajee was one of the major forces behind Jayaprakash Narayan's agitation for total revolution.
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 said the desired results can be achieved through good governance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday remembered Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary.
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Prime Minister Modi will visit an exhibition on the theme "technology and rural life". It showcases the changing face of rural India where programmes like Digital Gramin Bharat, Start Up India, Skill India have played a transformational role. He interacted with some innovators and beneficiaries.
The Prime Minister digitally inaugurated 11 Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) Buildings and a Plant Phenomics Facility at IARI.
He will release a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh and launch a portal for coordination and monitoring of development works at the district level.
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. This app is part of the movement to build a new India by 2022. He followed JP and preferred to devote himself to rural development. He was also the founder of Deendayal Research Institute at Chitrakoot.
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