The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the former Prime Minister, ‘Bharat Ratna’, Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji brought connectivity revolution and paved way for development and growth. Addressing an event to commemorate the memory of the former Prime Minister on his birth anniversary, in New Delhi, last evening, he said that Shri Atal ji was an astute parliamentarian, an administrator par excellence, a visionary statesman, an erudite scholar, a gifted orator, a most beloved leader, above all, a great human being who believed in the core Indian values of harmony and synthesis.
He recalled that Atalji implemented the reform agenda and delivered good governance to the nation amidst great challenges. He further said that good governance, providing a responsive administration to the people, especially to the most vulnerable sections of the society was centre to VajpayeeJi’s administration. AtalJi brought systematic changes in the governance of the country through technology, innovation and research to improve the lives of people, he added.
Naidu said that ‘Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana’, ‘Golden Quadrilateral project’, ‘Telecom Revolution’, ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan’ or campaign for universal education and a series of measures taken by Atal ji changed the face of India’s development story and accelerated the growth of Indian Infrastructure.
Referring to corruption in the context of good governance, the Vice President said that the highest cost of corruption was to be borne by the poor and expressed grief saying that most of the corruption was done in the name of the poor. He said the initiatives such as Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) eliminate middlemen and take the financial benefits of government schemes to the most deserving population by way of bank transfer to their own account.