National Legislators' Conference: PM Modi bats for development in most backward districts

Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greet each other at the inaugural function of Advantage Assam Global Investor's Summit 2018 in Guwahati

Emphasising on the goal of providing social justice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for focusing on development of districts that are lagging in the pace of development. He said competitive cooperative federalism was good for development.

The Prime Minister said on the basis of 48 parameters of development, 115 aspirational districts had been identified by the NITI Aayog across the country that required a special approach to facilitate their holistic development.

Asserting that it was lack of governance rather than the shortage of money or resources that was responsible for lack of development, Mr. Modi said good governance, effective implementation of schemes and focussed activities were needed for development.

If all children go to schools and all households get electricity, then it would be a step towards social justice, the Prime Minister told the gathering of central ministers, MPs and legislators from states. "Wherever officials have worked with people and involved in the development process, the results are transformative", he said.

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"India's Constitution is well-known all over the world for enshrining in it the noble principles of social justice". He flagged these points with regard to the 115 most backward districts identified by his government, which termed them "aspirational". "We can learn from them and work on weaker districts", he said. Several senior ministers and leaders of several parties were also present.

Mr. Modi also called for posting young officers with a sense of objective as district magistrates in these places.

We have the manpower, we have the skills and the resources.

Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said lawmakers should think collectively how India can develop and become a strong country by 2022.

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