Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the District Collectors across the country to work towards improving the lives of the poorest of the poor.
In a first-of-its-kind interaction, Mr Modi addressed the district collectors through video-conferencing last evening, on the theme, ‘New India – Manthan’, on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement.
The Prime Minister urged them to move beyond files, and go to the field, to understand ground realities, such as the condition of health services in remote parts of the district.
He said, when the socio-economic conditions improve in the 100 most backward districts, it gives a big boost to the overall development parameters of the country.
The Prime Minister also asked the collectors to prepare a vision document or resolution document for their district before 15th August. He said, the document should include 10 or 15 objectives, which they feel should be achieved by 2022.
Mr Modi also said, when youth assumes a leadership role, goals are sure to be achieved. He described the collectors, as not just representatives of their districts, but also of the youth of that region.
On the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Prime Minister asked collectors to explain to traders in their district, how it is a Good and Simple Tax. He asked them to ensure that each trader is registered under GST.
Mr Modi also explained that the date of August 9th symbolizes the willpower and ambition of the youth. He recalled how the senior leaders of the freedom movement were arrested at the beginning of the Quit India Movement, and youth across the country successfully carried the movement forward.
The Prime Minister informed the collectors about the website http://www.newindia.in – which contains information and activities related to the ‘Sankalp Se Sidhhi’ movement.