Addressing a rally in the coastal Odisha town on completion of two years of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a ‘balanced’ development in the country and wondered why the eastern belt had remained backward despite being generously bestowed with natural resources.
The prime minister also said that Odisha is blessed with natural resources too but still a lot to be done to mitigate poverty in the state.
Attacking Congress’ “gareebi hatao” slogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said though intention of those who gave the slogan may have been good, the path they chose for delivering the promise was wrong.
Pitching for development of Odisha, eastern Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Assam, Modi said his government is committed to the welfare of the poor people who would be at the centre of all schemes.
Questioning former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s ‘gareebi hatai’ slogan, he said, “We have heard the slogan of ‘gareebi hatao’ in last 60 days. I do not doubt the intention but the path they chose to eradicate poverty was certainly wrong because poverty, unemployment and disease grew.”
He said governments are not for the rich, but for the poor and they should work towards fighting poverty. Till the time scientific solutions to the problems are found, poverty will not be eradicated, he said.
“I had said that my government is dedicated to the welfare of poor people in the country. When I said this, my purpose was that no state or area should be left behind in development. There should be a balanced development and everyone should benefit from it,” he added.