'More people's participation needed to achieve development'

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Narendra Modi
Pune, Jul 10: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the country's democratic system saw very little people's participation and partnership towards achieving the targets of development. According the BJP leader, India is just engaged in voting a set of people to power during periodic elections and signing some sort of a memorandum of understanding with the latter to take care of its well-being for the next five years.

Modi was speaking on the theme of 'Good Governance is the Key' at a function organised by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) here to mark the completion of its three decades of functioning. The institution trains public representatives for good governance.

Modi said the concept of development should be realised in terms of a people movement by involving all segments of the society. "We must emulate Mahatma Gandhi in this regard," he said. The leader added that the country needed good governance, one based on 'pro-active and pro-people approach' to achieve its targets of development.

"God governance can be achieved only when it is pro-active and pro-people. The term 'file', which is a crucial one in government proceedings, should be re-sequenced as 'life'," he said.

He lauded all BJP-ruled states in the country for displaying good governance. He slammed the Congress-NCP coalition government in Maharashtra, saying the latter did not learn lessons from the great Maratha hero, Chhatrapati Shivaji, whom the BJP leader hailed as a 'great administrator'.

On the occasion, BJP leader Gopinath Munde said the recent fire that broke out at Mantralaya in Mumbai was a deliberate act. Several important departments were badly affected by the blaze.

Earlier, the Gujarat CM felicitated Sanskrit scholar Pandit Vasant Gadgil for his contribution to the promotion and preservation of the Vedic language.

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