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12 October 2017, 08:49 | Devin Moran

Economic Advisory Council chairman Bibek Debroy

Economic Advisory Council chairman Bibek Debroy

Talking to media after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi, Panneerselvam said that no political issues were discussed during the meeting. The event also marked the 115th birth anniversary of socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan. It was attended by officials from local self-governance institutions and women of self-help groups from across the country.

"The Prime Minister also remembered Nanaji Deshmukh and said that the country was "motivated" by his service". He asked that this Diwali we should use "diyas" made by local porters.

Referring to Nanaji Deshmukh and his devotion towards rural development, PM Modi spoke about how the great social activist refused to join the Janata Government as minister, when it was formed in 1977 saying that he would prefer working to make villages self-reliant and free from poverty.

Modi was speaking in New Delhi at the birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh. Initiatives have to be completed on time and the fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries.

"PM has been apprised about the steps taken by the government and he has ordered a central government's medical team to visit the state to assess the situation", he said. "The poison of casteism destroys the village and crushes its dreams", Modi said. "Their prolonged stay will help the rural areas gain from their presence", Modi said, adding that rural India today seeks to get facilities available in cities such as power supply, latest technology and internet connections.

Stating that the rural economy should look beyond the production of mere foodgrains, he said a comprehensive integrated approach was required to increase production of timber, fisheries and cattle rearing in the villages. This was essential to achieve targets and avoid delusions and diversion, so that qualitative changes take place in the lives of rural people when independent India turns 75 in 2022, he said.

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