Speaking for the first time against cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he felt “anguished” over incidents of vigilantism and has asked state governments to prepare a dossier of such “self-styled gau rakshaks”.
“Some people who indulge in anti-social activities in the night, wear the mask of gau rakshaks (cow protectors) during the day. I have asked the state governments to prepare a dossier of all such people.” Modi said
Without naming any organisation he said the term “swayamsevak” means selfless service and those associated with it should not mistake their role to create fear psychosis among others. His comments on cow vigilantes come after the furor over the flogging of Dalits in Gujarat’s Una town for skinning a dead cow last month.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday afternoon interacted with citizens at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi, during a town hall-style event. The event marks the two-year anniversary of MyGov, the government’s citizen-engagement platform.
The event has participation from various stakeholders including Cabinet ministers, senior officers from Ministries and Departments, government organisations, representatives from media, IT and social media industry and citizens who have participated in the MyGov initiatives.
5:15pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the venue.
5:26pm: PM Modi launches PMO app.
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5:30pm: Modi starts interacting with people, thanks citizens.
5:33pm: The PM is being asked questions on good governance, the economy and health sector, tweets the Prime Minister’s Office.
5:36pm: Swachh Bharat (Modi government’s flagship cleanliness drive) is a great example of people’s participation, says Modi.
5:37pm: The spirit of a democracy is incomplete if one thinks the citizen’s role stops at voting. Participative democracy is essential, says Modi.
5:38pm: Often, governments think only about winning the next election and then their policies are also shaped accordingly, says Modi.
5:40pm: Responsibility with accountability is the hallmark of good governance, says Modi.
5:40pm: “Last mile delivery” is as important as policies, says Modi, and adds: “The benefits must reach the intended beneficiaries.”
5:46pm: Good governance means those processes that are redundant do not exist, says Modi.
5:47pm: The biggest strengths of a democracy are effective grievance redressal systems, says Modi.
5:50pm: India is among the fastest growing economies in the world, says Modi.
5:56pm: Despite the purchasing capacity of the world going down, we have a growth rate of 7.6%, says Modi
5:58pm: Economic growth of more than 8% for 30 years will bring the best of the world to India, says Modi.
6:10pm: If there is one sector that can power the economy it’s the agriculture sector, says Modi.
6:12pm: Farmer’s son becomes a farmer out of helplessness and not by choice, says Modi.
The unique spirit of our villages must remain and at the same time they must have facilities associated with cities: PM
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6:15pm: Through ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana’, we will be able to provide adequate amount of water to the farmers, says Modi.
6:20pm: If we spend just 5% of our total spend on clothes on handloom and khadi and we will transform lives of our poor, says Modi.
Smart city is a conecpt for cities and for villages we have Smart City+ Mission – 300 Rurban villages. pic.twitter.com/GjoF1kSBtG
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6:21pm: Khadi for nation and khadi for fashion, this must be our guiding principle, says Modi.
6:25pm: Our foreign policy is only about ‘India First’, says Modi.
6:35pm: A spirit of social service is a part of our culture, says Modi, adding: “We have always helped people in times of need.”
6:38pm: People who have set up shops in the name of gau raksha (cow protection) make me angry, says Modi.
6:40pm: People who want to do social service should first make cows stop eating plastics and waste, says PM Modi.
6:41pm: Many gau rakshaks (cow protectors) are involved in that job to hide their illegal business, says Modi.
Modi also distributed prizes to the winners of various contests, including Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, Duties of a Citizen, Governance Quiz and India-Africa Quiz, before launching the app.
The MyGov portal was launched by the prime minister on 26 July 2014 as a part of the government’s Digital India campaign.