Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP chief ministers on Saturday to focus on garib kalyan (welfare of the poor) by delivering “dawaai” (health), “padhai” (education) “aur rozgar” (employment) and make them model states in implementing central schemes.
The PM’s missive is being seen as a counter to the Opposition’s charge of the government being pro-poor and allegations of faltering central schemes.
During a pep-talk to all BJP chief ministers in New Delhi, Modi also asked them to think beyond “roti, kapda aur makan”, one of the cornerstones of successive non-BJP governments at the Centre.
He asked the CMs to go on a “mission mode” to deliver results.
“We had a long discussion on how the effectively implement the Centre’s scheme in states,” Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said later.
With assembly polls due in seven states next year, the PM formed a group led by three-time CM Chouhan to co-ordinate between different states to help them emulate the best practices of other BJP-ruled states.
Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah emphasised on the party’s bold steps on reforms.
”We have remained committed to reforms without caring for vote-bank politics and have laid the foundation for many welfare schemes to form welfare states,” Shah said. Efforts must continue to spread the fruits of development to all people, he added.