PM deplores destruction of villages due to venom of casteism

11 Oct 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.

Modi 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, the Prime Minister said the country has sufficient resources to deliver benefits to the last man in 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. Modi 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 latest technology.