Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the launch ceremony of the "Gram Uday se Bharat Uday" Abhiyan, in Mhow on April 14, 2016. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
MHOW (MADHYA PRADESH): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the 'Gram Uday Se
Bharat Uday' campaign to promote rural development on the 125th birth
anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar and said the late leader fought for
equality and dignity in society.
"It is my privilege that I am
here on the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar. I bow to this land. He
(Ambedkar) fought against injustice in society. His fight was for
equality and dignity," Modi said, addressing a rally organised at
Ambedkar's birthplace here.
'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan' --
village self-governance campaign -- aims to generate nationwide efforts
to increase social harmony across villages, strengthen Panchayati Raj
institutions, promote rural development, and foster farmers' progress.
The campaign will continue till April 24, the Panchayati Raj Day.
a veiled attack on the Congress, Modi said nobody had stopped those who
were in power for 60 years from building a memorial to Ambedkar after
"The country saw many governments in these 60 years since Dr. Ambedkar's death. Who had stopped them from building a memorial?"
were fortunate to get an opportunity to build his memorial. Now they
are upset with this too. In fact, these people should regret and
introspect that why they did not do it," Modi said.
parties, including the Congress, Janata Dal-United, and others had
attacked the government in the recent past for ignoring the villages and
not taking up the cause of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes
with the required earnest.
"Few people are distressed over why is
Modi talking about the legacy of Dr. Ambedkar. I want to tell them that
he is a source of inspiration for us. We look up to him as we believe
that he established the highest values of socialism and equality in our
society," the prime minister said.
"Babasaheb Ambedkar was the
second name of determination. He never drifted away from his path of
working for the Dalits and backwards despite facing insults," Modi said.
his treasure of wisdom and degrees from some of the world's famous
universities, he had several opportunities for his own growth but he
left them due to his ambition to do something for the society," Modi
The prime minister laid stress on development of villages
for the growth of the country and said the focus of this year's union
budget was on villages and farmers.
"All our development initiatives have to be centered around rural development."
Modi also committed to provide five crore poor families with new LPG connections in the next three years.
said more than 90 lakh families gave up subsidies on his call and the
economical benefit that the government has got from it will be passed on
to the real beneficiaries.
"More than one crore families
belonging to the poor sections of the society got LPG connections last
year. This has never happened before... so many people were benefited in
the span of just a year."
"It was a pilot project and after its
success, we announced that we will provide five crore families with new
LPG cylinders in the next three years," Modi said.
He also laid stress on digital connectivity in villages. "This is difficult to do, but we need to make a start somewhere."
Modi said he wanted the income of farmers to double in the next few years.
power of people in rural India has to increase and this will power
India's economy. Give our farmers adequate water and see the wonders our
farmers can do."
He complimented Madhya Pradesh Chief minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan "for chalking out a comprehensive roadmap to
double the income of farmers by 2022 in the state".