Public participation is the essence of democracy: PM

SansadTV Bureau

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

Prime Minister attended the birth centenary of reformist Nanaji Deshmukh and 115th birth anniversary of socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering Prime Minister said that the strength of a democracy cannot be restricted to how many people vote, but the real essence of a democracy is Jan Bhagidari and integrating people in the development.

“Strength of a democracy cannot be restricted to how many people vote. Yes, that is important but the real essence of a democracy is Jan Bhagidari and integrating people in the development journey of cities, villages. Regular Samvad with governments is required,” he said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during  birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh at Pusa in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh at Pusa in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He also said for the sustainable development of rural India, schemes developed taking into account the need of the people should be implemented using the latest technology.

“Facilties that are associated with cities must also be made available to our villages,” PM said.

PM also said any scheme would be successful if it was implemented without diluting the spirit or diverting from the idea.

“Just having the best ideas for development are not enough. Initiatives have to be completed on time and the fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries. Efforts have to be comprehensive and ‘outcome driven’ not ‘output driven’,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during  birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh at Pusa in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh at Pusa in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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

The prime minister was of the view that if the villages have 24-hour power and water supply and were connected with an optical cable for Internet, then teachers, doctors, and bureaucrats would not hesitate to stay there.

“Their prolonged stay will help the rural areas gain from their presence,” Modi said.

He also said rural India today seeks to get the 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.