"Shri Narendra Modi speaks on ‘Good Governance Through Democracy’ at launch of Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe’s book ‘Beyond a Billion Ballots’ "
"CM launches Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe’s book ‘Beyond a Billion Ballots’ "
"Shri Modi stresses on the importance of trust and trusteeship in governance "
"Those who serve in Government are not the rulers but the servants (Sevaks) of the people: Shri Modi "
"Institutions cannot be people centric. The need is to institutionalize ideas and good practices. A person may be there or not but the framework must remain: Shri Modi "
"Those who cannot accept victory and defeat through democratic means are misusing the CBI. And now, it is CBI vs IB. Does it happen in any nation? Institutions are being broken and just see how: Shri Modi "
"Political interference harms good governance but political intervention encourages people’s participation: Shri Modi "
"In Government there is only accountability of commission, no accountability of omission and we need to change that…we need to shift the focus from procedure audit to performance audit: Shri Modi"

On the evening on Thursday 27th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi spoke on ‘Good Governance Through Democracy’ at the launch of Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe’s book ‘Beyond a Billion Ballots’ in Mumbai. In an elaborate and inspiring speech, the Chief Minister stressed on the importance of trust and trusteeship in governance. Shri Modi said that in those who serve in the Government are not rulers but are servants (Sevaks) of the people. The Chief Minster affirmed that a Government is a ray of hope for the poor and recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s Mantra of recalling the face of the poor while making tough decisions. “As Mahatma Gandhi said, think if your decision will make that poor person happy and if it does, you are taking the right decision,” he said.

Shri Modi described trust as the precondition of good governance and he stressed on building institutions rather than concentrating on individuals. He said, “Institutions cannot be people centric. We have made things centered around people…if one family goes away this will happen…but is this our nation? The need is to institutionalize ideas and good practices.  We should create network of institutions. A person may be there or not but the framework must remain.” He added, “Stronger these institutions, the better things will work. A person may slip and in those times it is the institutions that saves things.”

Giving an example of this Shri Modi affirmed, “What have we done for years? See how institutions have been broken in Delhi. There was a Planning Commission but then they created the NAC. All economic decisions are done by five star activists and then one PM tells the official PM do this and that is what happens.” Shri Modi went on to add, “Planning Commission was rendered useless due to NAC. Similarly, Article 356 was envisioned to strengthen federal structure but see how it was misused. See the CBI and the level of misuse that can happen. Had I not experienced it myself, I would not even know. Those who cannot accept victory and defeat through democratic means are misusing the CBI. And now, it is CBI vs IB. Does it happen in any nation? Institutions are being broken and just see how. Those companies that came for Vibrant Gujarat Summit get IT notices. They do this on one hand and on the other hand they shout FDI and no investment.” Giving another example of such institutional break down, Shri Modi recalled that in 1983 the Election Commission had warned Mrs. Indira Gandhi against holding elections in Assam but she went on to hold them and the result was the infamous Nellie massacre that killed so many people. Shri Modi opined that in a Federal Structure there is no big brother or small brother but the Centre fights some states much more than they even fight Pakistan.

The Chief Minister stated that more than political interference, what is needed is political intervention. “Political interference harms good governance but political intervention encourages people’s participation,” said the Shri Modi. He also added that had the current leadership in the Centre emerged from the ground, there would be no policy paralysis. He spoke on the importance of Lok Bhagidari and shared that any policy that the Gujarat Government brings out is placed online so that people can see it and give their feedback. He gave the example of Pani Samitis  in Gujarat where people participation has mitigated the water crisis and at the same time empowered women in Gujarat. “In Government there is only accountability of commission, no accountability of omission and we need to change that…we need to shift the focus from procedure audit to performance audit.” He affirmed that outcome, rather than output or outlay must be the emphasis.

Shri Modi said that democracy is not merely about giving a contract to some people to work for five years but to come together and work for the nation. He pointed that the biggest strength of a democracy is the opportunity to correct one’s mistakes. He also expressed surprise as to why the anniversary of the Emergency did not receive much attention from the media when it was a time when our Republic was strangled.

Speaking about good governance, Shri Modi recalled that Lokmanya Tilak had said ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it,” but now we should also state, “Su-rajya is our birthright and we must have it.” Shri Modi said that it is incorrect to keep blaming democracy for our problems and he shared that his Gujarat experience has shown that with the same system, laws, officials it is possible to bring change.

Shri Modi congratulated Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe for writing the book and said that he has the honour of working with him for the past many years. Speaking on the occasion, former BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari lauded the work done by Shri Modi in the field of water conservation. Shri Gadkari said that Shri Modi believes in the Mantra of Nation first, then the Party and only then the self. Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Shri Gopinath Munde pointed that Shri Narendra Modi is neither corrupt nor does he tolerate corruption. Referring to the large turnout, Shri Munde said that such a turnout was last seen at the venue when President Clinton visited the place more than a decade ago. Several other BJP leaders were present on the occasion.

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Weak Congress government used to plead around the world: PM Modi in Shimla, HP
Congress left the border areas of India to their fate: PM Modi in Shimla, HP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a vibrant public meeting in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, invoking nostalgia and a forward-looking vision for Himachal Pradesh. The Prime Minister emphasized his longstanding connection with the state and its people, reiterating his commitment to their development and well-being.

“When the country didn't even know Modi, I was among you. Times have changed, but Modi has not changed. Modi's relationship with Himachal remains the same,” PM Modi remarked.

Highlighting his continuous engagement with the state, PM Modi sought the people’s blessings for a third term of the BJP government. He said, “Today, I have come to seek your blessings for the BJP government for the third time. I need your blessings to make India strong, to make India Viksit, and for a developed Himachal. Five phases of elections have already taken place in the country. A BJP-NDA government is assured. Now, Himachal will score a hat-trick with a 4-0 victory. Vote for those who will form the government. What is the point of wasting your vote? So, say with me, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar.”

Addressing the strategic importance of Himachal Pradesh, a state bordering the frontier, PM Modi underscored the necessity of a robust government. “Himachal Pradesh is a state bordering the frontier. The people of Himachal understand the importance of a strong government. Modi will risk his life for you but will not let any harm come to you. The weak Congress government used to plead around the world. Modi says, why should India go to the world? India will fight its battles on its own.”

The Prime Minister also highlighted the infrastructural developments under his administration, contrasting them with the previous Congress regimes. “This is the same Congress that left the border areas of India to their fate. Modi has given many times more money than Congress. Today, hundreds of kilometers of new roads have been built along the border. Today, the lives of soldiers and our people living near the border have become easier.”

PM Modi highlighted the successful implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme, a long-standing demand of military personnel fulfilled under his leadership. “Congress made military families yearn for One Rank One Pension for four decades. Congress used to say they would bring OROP by showing just 500 crores. This was a huge insult to our army because it was impossible to implement OROP with just 500 crores. It is Modi who has implemented OROP. Modi has given about 1.25 lakh crore rupees to former soldiers through OROP. That's why people say, Modi delivers what he guarantees.”

PM Modi also spoke about sensitive issues, accusing Congress and the INDI alliance of undermining the reservation system and conspiring against the Ram Temple. “I have come today to warn the people of Himachal about another conspiracy by Congress and the INDI alliance. These people want to completely abolish the reservation for SC-ST-OBC and give it to Muslims. Congress is also opposing the Ram temple. You people of Himachal tell me, did you feel good visiting Ram Lalla? But Congress cannot tolerate the Ram temple. Congress is conspiring to lock the Ram temple. Will you allow the Ram temple to be locked?”

Reaffirming his government's commitment to development, PM Modi listed the various initiatives taken for Himachal Pradesh, including the establishment of prestigious educational institutions and infrastructural projects. “No one thought that institutions like IIIT, IIM, and AIIMS could exist in Himachal. But with Modi, it is possible. Himachal has received a bulk drugs park and a medical device park. Himachal is among the first states in the country where the Vande Bharat train started.”

“Modi has guaranteed to make 3 crore sisters associated with self-help groups ‘Lakhpati Didis.’ Modi has also brought a big scheme to make your electricity bill zero. With the ‘PM Suryaghar Muft Bijli Yojana’ your bill will be zero, and you will also earn thousands of rupees. Just as Modi has fulfilled previous guarantees, Modi will fulfill these guarantees as well,” he added.