PM Modi to attend inauguration of birth centenary celebration of Nanaji Deshmukh

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The Prime Minister will address an audience of about 10,000 people, drawn from Self Help Groups, Panchayats, water conservation innovators, and beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The likes of Loknayak JP and Dr. Lohia were active during the "Quit India" movement, inspired by the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi. He followed JP and preferred to devote himself to rural development.

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. At an event in Delhi, the Prime Minister also released a commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh.

Jai Prakash Narayan's unflinching courage & righteousness also continues to inspire every Indian. Nanajee was one of the major forces behind Jayaprakash Narayan's agitation for total revolution.

Prime Minister called upon people to take inspiration from the two icons of social transformation and contribute to the best in the interest of the country.

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. He said the desired results can be achieved through good governance.

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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.

Agriculture and livestock play a vital role, along with artisans like craftsmen of rural India, in country's vision of doubling farmers' income by 2022. He will interact with rural innovators.

Modi also launched the DISHA Portal - a tool developed for MPs and MLAs for monitoring the implementation of various schemes of different ministries in their constituencies through a single portal. It includes information on rural development at the Panchayat level in regional languages. It has been designed on the theme - soochna se sashaktikaran - Empowerment through Information.

Nanaji also established Chitrakoot Gramodya Vishwavidyalaya, India's first rural university and also served as its first Chancellor.