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Panneerselvam to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow
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PM to inaugurate birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh
"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. "And for this, continuous dialogue between the government and the people is necessary", he said. "MGNREGA is a scheme meant for the poor, but I have noticed that the States where there is more poverty give less MNREGA work, while those that have less poverty allocate more MNREGA work", he said. This is the first meeting of any top AIADMK leader with the Prime Minister since the merger of the two factions of the party - one led by Panneerselvam and another by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
"It (schemes) should be outcome-based". Modi said, "we are trying for reducing input cost and increasing productivity".
He said if rural products such as earthen lamps were used in cities like a "fashion statement", it would help the poor prosper. Prime Minister also released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.
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.
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The PM said that JP Narayan was never interested in politics and was actively involved in the Quit India Movement while fighting corruption in the nation. Loknayak JP was deeply popular among youngsters. His leadership rattled those in power that time and during a march he was even attacked.
Nanji Deshmukh continues to be a motivational force for the nation with his emphasis on rural development.
Born in Kadoli in Maharashtra's Parbhani district on 11 October, 1916, Nanaji Deshmukh founded the Deendayal Research Institute and was credited with exemplary work in education, health and rural self-reliance. He will inaugurate a Plant Phenomics Facility of IARI.
He also launched the DISHA portal, a smart-governance tool developed for MPs and MLAs for monitoring implementation of various programmes and schemes of different ministries in their respective constituencies through a single portal.
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