Need to work for development of weaker districts: PM


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated National Legislators Conference in the Central Hall of the Parliament in Delhi. In every state, there are a few districts where development parameters are strong.

"Resources is not a problem, good governance is a problem, coordination is a problem, focused activity is a problem. Our aim is social justice". He flagged these points with regard to the 115 most backward districts identified by his government, which termed them "aspirational". "Wherever officials have worked with people and involved in the development process, the results are transformative", he said.

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That parliamentarians and legislators from different parties are sitting together on the issue of development is a living example of federalism, the Prime Minister said and asked them to work like a "helping hand" to state machinery. The Prime Minister said, once all the stakeholders decide to change even one aspect in the districts, then we will get the momentum to work on the other shortcomings.

# "The word "backward" must not be used for any district - we need to make an atmosphere of "forward" in the country".

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Elder officers have many other concerns, such as family and career, and these districts should not be seen as places where anybody can be posted, he said. He said the nation already has manpower, skill and resources, all it needs is to work on mission mode to bring about the positive change.

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Mahajan hoped the conference would provide an opportunity to the legislators to have a direct dialogue with ministers and MPs to identify gaps in implementation strategies.