He said solutions for sustainable development in rural India can not be force-fed from the outside but would have to be developed taking into account the needs of the people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked for an outcome-based approach to development in rural areas which should be free of poverty, illness and casteism.
Modi paid floral tributes to Nanaji Deshmukh and Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan and released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.
The nation is celebrating the birth anniversary of nation builders Nanaji Deshmukh and Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan. He said that development is visible in states where there is good governance.
"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 villages. Initiatives have to be completed on time and the fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries. He said his government was committed to achieving this goal with the active support of people. He said lack of "good governance" was what was holding back the desired results.
The Prime Minister, who formally launched 11 Rural Self-Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) and a mobile app to track development schemes, said democracy was not just about winning elections but ensuring participative development. "Efforts have to be comprehensive and "outcome driven" not "output driven", he said. There should be no dilution or diversion from the spirit it was conceived. "JP was never interested in power politics", Modi said at the event.
Speaking further, PM Modi said that facilities that are associated with cities must also be made available to the villages. His call for a "total revolution" to rid the nation from hunger, rising prices, corruption and poverty triggered massive movement across India. He also informed how his leadership rattled those in power that time.
Nanji Deshmukh continues to be a motivational force for the nation with his emphasis on rural development.
The prime minister recalled when the Janata Party government was formed in 1977, Nanaji Deshmukh was requested to join as a minister but he refused.
Modi also launched the DISHA Portal - a tool developed for MPs and MLAs for monitoring the implementation of various schemes of different ministries in their constituencies through a single portal.
Ahead of Deepavali, the Prime Minister appealed to the well-off to use earthen lamps made by rural artisans for the festival.