NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Monday underlined that the principle of good governance has become the identity of the present government where it ensures citizens do not need to run from pillar to post for basic facilities.
“Instead, the government is committed to last-mile delivery by reaching the doorsteps of the beneficiaries,” Modi said as he touched upon the ongoing Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra which aims to achieve saturation of all government schemes.
The Prime Minister was speaking on the occasion of the 162nd birth anniversary of Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, where he released the first series of 11 volumes of ‘Collected Works of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya’, at a programme in Vigyan Bhawan.Modi also paid floral tributes to Malaviya and remembered him as an outstanding scholar and freedom fighter who worked tirelessly to raise national consciousness among people.
The Prime Minister began his address by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. He underlined that the occasion was a festival of inspiration for the people who believe in Bharat and Bharatiyata as Monday marks both Atal Jayanti and the birth anniversary of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. He also noted the celebrations of ‘Good Governance Day’ on the occasion of Atal Jayanti and conveyed his best wishes to every citizen of India.
Highlighting the impact of ‘Modi Ki Guarantee’, the PM informed the audience that crores of new Ayushman cards have been handed out to those who were left behind previously just within 40 days.
Stressing the role of honesty and transparency in good governance, the Prime Minister elaborated on “scam-free governance” despite spending lakhs of crores on welfare schemes. He mentioned expenditures of Rs 4 lakh crore on free rations for the poor, another Rs 4 lakh crore on pucca houses for the poor and more than Rs 3 lakh crore for piped water in every household. “If every penny of an honest taxpayer is spent in the public interest and national interest, this is good governance. Good governance has resulted in 13.5 crore people coming out of poverty ”, he added.
Stressing the importance of sensitivity and good governance, PM Modi said that the Aspirational District programme transformed 110 districts that were consigned to the darkness of backwardness. Now the same focus is being provided to the aspirational blocks, he said.
“When thinking and approach changes, the results also change”, the PM said as he highlighted the Vibrant Village Scheme which gives priority to the development of border areas. He also highlighted the government’s steadfast approach to providing relief work during natural calamities or emergencies and gave the example of relief measures during the Covid pandemic. “Change in governance is now changing the thinking of the society as well”, the PM said as he highlighted the increased trust between the public and the government. “This trust is reflected in the country’s self-confidence and becoming the energy for building a developed India in Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal”, Modi added.
Concluding the address, the PM stressed realising the dream of a developed India in ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal’ by making thoughts of Malaviya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the touchstone.
Watch President Murmu, VP Dhankhar, PM Modi pay tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee at ‘Sadaiv Atal’ memorial

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