BALASORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said eastern India has remained
economically backward but his government has focussed its development
plan to uproot poverty from the region.
Addressing a public
gathering in this coastal district of Odisha, Modi said the governments
were visible in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled western and
central states of India and far more developed than their counterparts
in the east.
He named Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,
Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Haryana as "more developed states" in the
country than Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Odisha,
the eastern region) is increasing. People from here go to western states
for jobs. Why? You have every resource to be self-sufficient. The god
has given you everything," he said.
"But despite that why is the
poverty still chasing us. Eastern India needs more development. And that
is why all our developmental plans have preferred eastern states
He said that the policies of his government "related to everyday problems of the poor in India".
needs government? Do rich people need government. If anybody needs it,
its is the poor of the nation. Governments are for the poor...we have to
defeat poverty. Get rid of it. And that is why we work towards the
empowerment of the poor."
Modi said that the previous central
governments have been shouting slogans to eradicate poverty. "Their
intentions may have been right. I am not doubting that. But their path
The prime minister said his government has already
electrified more than 18,000 villages in India. "These villages were
without power even after nearly 70 years of independence and that is the
beginning of empowerment of the poor," he added.
"We have to take every step scientifically."