If a country is to progress, the first thing to do is to utilize all the available resources and manpower. Most of the developing and poor countries are economically backward, mainly because their manpower and resources are not properly and entirely utilized.
No able bodied person should remain without work even for short periods. One should work at least for 8 hours a day and six days in a week.
Of late, there is excess emphasis on not employing children in any work at all at any time. The first priority for the children is to study. But it does not mean that they should not do any work. If they do not get used to work as children, many of them may become a burden on their families, society and the country when they are grown up. A child may go to school from 9.00 hours to 16.00 hours. On return from school, the child may do home work for about one hour, play for about one hour and help the mother or father or other elders for about two hours. In fact, if they work with elders for abut 2 hours; they do not need to play for physical fitness.
Production of goods and services will go up. In early 1950s, Rajaji, the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, brought a scheme by which the children study for half a day and work for half a day. This was however, given up due to some opposition.
Similarly the senior citizens, i.e those above 55/60 years of age, need not sit idle. They should be provided with opportunities to do appropriate work as long as they can – it can be even till 80 years. There is no harm if an aged person does some work. The GDP of the country will grow with more people working.
Unproductive work like that of watchmen, security staff etc should be kept to the minimum. For this purpose, crimes like thefts, violence, teasing, terrorism should be dealt with severely, so as to curb such activities. Further, people should be made to shun all vices and acquire virtues.
Internal or external war should by all means be avoided. Poverty in some of the poor countries is due to the war.