No dearth of resources, India needs good governance: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2017 08:33:38


INDIA has no dearth of resources required for development but it is wanting in good governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday. “In the States where the Government machinery is efficient and implements schemes in a time-bound manner, the change is visible,” Modi told a gathering here to commemorate the birth centenary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Jan Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh.


The Prime Minister said that in States with more poverty, work allocation under the MNREGA was less but it was more in States with good governance and lesser poverty. Modi said that just wishing for development is not enough. Initiatives have to be completed in a time-bound manner, he observed.

He said the original objectives and intentions of a scheme should not be diluted and that the fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries.

“Efforts have to be comprehensive and ‘outcome-driven’ not ‘output-driven’. If this is done, we can achieve by 2022 what has been a dream for the last 70 years,” he said. The Prime Minister said a democracy cannot be limited to voting once every five years and then leaving things to whosoever comes to power.

“Democracy is successful when there is ‘jan bhagidari’ (public participation) in implementing developmental schemes. And for this, continuous dialogue between the Government and the people is necessary,” he said.

Modi said it was imperative that correct guidelines flow down from above and correct information flows up from below.“If this two-way channel is perfect, there will be right policies, schemes, and budget allocation.” Modi paid floral tributes to Nanaji Deshmukh and Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan and released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.