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.
The Prime Minister will release a commemorative postage stamp on 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.
The Congress said the PM's move to set up his economic advisory council after three and a half years of coming to power was a step too little and too late as the economy was already in a downward spiral.
"It is not enough to say we want to ensure development". Everyone should resolve to work for the villages. He said his government was committed to achieving this goal with the active support of people. "We have to adhere to a timeline for completion", he said.
Ahead of Deepavali, the Prime Minister appealed to the well-off to use earthen lamps made by rural artisans for the festival.
He added that the "facilities that are associated with cities must also be made available to our villages".
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Modi sought to bring reformist Deshmukh at par with other icons - Jayaprakash Narayan and Hindutva ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya.
"I bow to the venerable Loknayak JP on his Jayanti".
The Prime Minister said a democracy can not be limited to voting once every five years and then leaving things to whosoever comes to power.
"Loknayak JP fought corruption in the nation".
Nanaji Deshmukh was born in small-town Kadoli in Maharashtra's Parbhani district on October 11, 1916. His leadership rattled those in power that time and during a march he was even attacked. He followed JP and preferred to devote himself to rural development.
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.
Congress spokesperson RPN Singh told reporters here that the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council was an "institution" created to guide on a serious and complicated subject like economy which affects the daily lives of crores of common people, adding the PMEAC had emminent economists like Suresh Tendulkar and C. Rangrarajan during the Congress-led UPA government.