Ru­ral In­dia needs ‘out­come ori­ented’ schemes, says PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Wed­nes­day de­plored “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.

He also said there is a need to cre­ate de­vel­op­ment schemes for ru­ral In­dia that are “out­come-ori­ented”.

“Our vil­lages are still poi­soned with the venom of casteism...the poi­son of casteism de­stroys the vil­lage and crushes its dreams.

“We need to make ef­forts so that the vil­lages rise above casteism and be­come in­clu­sive and co­he­sive. Ev­ery­one should re­solve to work for the vil­lage. The gov­ern­ment is tak­ing steps to take for­ward vil­lages,” he said.

The prime min­is­ter was ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing here to mark the birth cen­te­nary of re­formist Nanaji Desh­mukh and 115th birth anniversary of so­cial­ist leader Jayaprakash Narayan.

Bat­ting for an out­come-ori­ented ap­proach to ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, Modi said the coun­try has suf­fi­cient re­sources to de­liver ben­e­fits to the last man in the queue. He said the de­sired re­sults can be achieved through good gov­er­nance.

Ex­plain­ing the im­pact of good gov­er­nance, he said poorer states have fewer jobs un­der the gov­ern­ment’s flag­ship ru­ral em­ploy­ment scheme-- MNREGA-- as com­pared to states which are bet­ter off.

The prime min­is­ter said states, where gov­er­nance is good, are able to launch more projects, creat­ing greater em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

For sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of ru­ral In­dia, he said, schemes that are de­vel­oped after tak­ing into ac­count the needs of peo­ple should be im­ple­mented us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

The prime min­is­ter said schemes should be im­ple­mented with­out di­lut­ing the spirit be­hind it.

“It (schemes) should be out­come-based. There should be no di­lu­tion or di­ver­sion from the spirit in which it was con­ceived. We also have to ad­here to the time­line for its com­ple­tion,” Modi said.

He said if ru­ral prod­ucts such as earthen lamps are used in cities like a “fash­ion state­ment”, it would help the poor in vil­lages pros­per.

The prime min­is­ter said if vil­lages have 24-hour power and wa­ter sup­ply and are con­nected with the op­ti­cal ca­ble for in­ter­net, teach­ers, doc­tors and bu­reau­crats would not hes­i­tate in liv­ing there.

Their pro­longed stay will help ru­ral ar­eas gain from their pres­ence, Modi said. He also said ru­ral In­dia to­day seeks fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in cities such as power sup­ply, lat­est tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

A child in a vil­lage should get op­por­tu­ni­ties like a city stu­dent to ex­per­i­ment in a lab­o­ra­tory and use lat­est IT means, he said.

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.

PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at an ex­hi­bi­tion in New Delhi on Wed­nes­day

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