A growth at eight-plus percent over the next 30 years will bring the best of the world to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at his first townhall on Saturday, even as he lamented being questioned for every “wrong” right from the Panchayat level.
Advocating accountability at every level to ensure good governance, he said everyone responsible should be answerable and held accountable.
In a democracy, he said, people give the elected government a “five year contract” and if they do not like the performance in the next election the mandate is given to some other political party and hence there was a need for
“Our country has always believed that good governance is bad politics. After winning one election, government keeps thinking how to win the next election. They are focused on how to increase political base and ways to get more votes and hence going forward it collapses,” he said.
Speaking at the townhall in the Capital’s Indira Gandhi Stadium, Modi stressed upon the need for providing grievance redressal system that not just listens to complaints of citizens, but also redresses them in a time- bound manner.
“With rapid and continued economic growth of over 8% over the next 30 years, we can have whatever best we see in the world,” Modi said at the event to mark two years of the government’s citizen partnership app MyGov.
Modi said India has become the fastest growing large economy in the world with a growth rate of over 7.5% which is credible despite global slowdown and two consecutive years of drought.
The Prime Minister also said that without good governance the benefits of government-run schemes will not benefit common man.
“To bring about a change in the country, last mile delivery of government benefits are as important as rules and regulations,” he said, adding government will lose its goodwill if the benefits of a scheme does not reach the intended beneficiary.
“Today if something happens at the Panchayat level, I am asked questions; if something happens at nagar Panchayat level, I am asked questions; if something happens at zilla parishad, I am asked questions; if something happens at nagar palika, I am asked questions; if something happens at Mahanagar Palika, I am asked questions; if something happens in states, then also reply is sought from the Prime Minister.
“Politically it is fine, for TRP also it might be fine, but it creates problem for the Prime Minister,” Modi said.