PM delivers inaugural address at IISF 2020

Published By : Admin | December 22, 2020 | 16:27 IST
India has data, demography, demand, democracy to achieve world class scientific solutions: PM
Stresses the need of developing science for development of the country
Urges to the global community to invest in Indian talent and innovate in India

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020. Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said India has a rich legacy in science, technology and innovation. Our scientists have done path breaking research. Our tech industry is at the forefront of solving global problems. But, India wants to do more. We look at the past with pride but want an even better future, Shri Modi said.

The Prime Minister said all our efforts are aimed at making India the most trustworthy centre for scientific learning. At the same time, we want our scientific community to share and grow with the best of global talent. One of the steps taken to achieve this is  hosting and participating in hackathons to provide exposure and opportunity to Indian scientists.

The Prime Minister asserted that the New National Education Policy will help in fostering scientific temper from an early age. He said now focus has shifted from outlays to outcome, from textbooks to research and application. The Policy will encourage creation of a pool of top quality teachers. This approach will help the budding scientists. This is being supplemented by Atal Innovation Mission and Atal Tinkering labs,  Shri Modi said.

For Quality research, the Government is running Prime Minister Research Fellows Scheme to encourage the best talent of the country to undertake research as per the talent and interest. The Prime Minister informed that the scheme is helping scientists in the top institutes.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of making the benefits of  science and technology to all. He said that Science and technology are bridging the gap of scarcity and impact. It is connecting the poorest of the poor with the government. With digital advances, India is becoming a centre of evolution and revolution of global high-tech power, the Prime Minister added.

To achieve this world class education, health, connectivity and rural solutions, today’s India has data, demography and demand. Above all, India has democracy to balance and protect all this. That is why the world trusts India. the Prime Minister stressed.

The Prime Minister said there are many challenges in our country like Water Scarcity, Pollution, Soil Quality, Food Security, for which modern science has a solution. Science also has a big role in rapidly exploring the water, energy and food resources in our sea. He said India is running Deep Ocean Mission for this and has achieved success. He said the benefit of new inventions in science finds a way in commerce and business as well.

The Prime Minister said reforms have now been undertaken in the Space Sector to encourage our youth and the private sector to not only touch the sky, but also the heights of the deep space. He said the new Production Linked Incentive Scheme also focuses on sectors related to science and technology. Such steps will give a boost to the scientific community, the ecosystem related to science and technology will get better and generate more resources for innovation and create a new culture of partnership between science and industry. He wished that this festival would give new dimensions to the Spirit of Coordination and Collaboration between Science and Industry as new collaborations will lead to new avenues.

The Prime Minister stressed that the biggest challenge facing science now, may be a vaccine for COVID pandemic. But the biggest long term challenge science faces is to attract high quality youngsters and retain them. He lamented at the attraction of youths towards technology and engineering domains and stressed on the need of developing science for development of the country. He further added what is called science today, becomes the technology of tomorrow and an engineering solution later. He said for attracting good talent into our science domain, the government has announced scholarships at various levels. But it needs a big out-reach from within the science community as well. He said the excitement surrounding Chandrayaan Mission was a great starting point to evince interest from youngsters.

The Prime Minister gave a call to the global community to invest in Indian talent and innovate in India. He told the gathering that India has the brightest minds, and celebrates a culture of openness and transparency. The Government of India stands ready to address any challenge and improve the research environment here. He said Science brings out the best within the person and uses the power of difference. He lauded our scientist for keeping India ahead and in a better position in the fight against Corona.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the historic land of Pataliputra, Bihar, vowing to tirelessly drive the nation’s growth and prevent the opposition from dividing the country on the grounds of inequality.

As PM Modi further delved into his spirited address, he praised the dedication of BJP workers, attributing the party's success to their tireless efforts. He humorously noted the popularity of Maner ladoos, urging supporters to have them ready for June 4th. PM Modi also pointed out that the opposition's complaints about EVMs are the best indicator of NDA's impending victory. He confidently declared that new records would be set in Pataliputra and across the nation, echoing the sentiment, "Phir Ek Baar...Modi Sarkar!"

PM Modi highlighted the stark contrast between his vision and the opposition's focus. On one side, he is dedicated to building a Viksit and Aatmanirbhar Bharat by 2047, “working tirelessly to enhance national security and modernize infrastructure.” On the other side, “the INDI Alliance has no agenda but to criticize Modi and cater to their vote bank. The choice is clear: progress and development with Modi, or constant negativity with the INDI Alliance.”

PM Modi emphasized the importance of the upcoming election, not just for choosing MPs but for selecting the right PM. He underscored India's need for a strong leader who can showcase the nation's power on the global stage. Contrasting this vision, the PM highlighted the INDI Alliance’s plan to deliver five different PMs in five years, “The contenders? A parade of family members: sons and daughters from the Gandhi, SP, National Conference, NCP, TMC, AAP, fake Shiv Sena, and RJD families. Their aim is to play musical chairs with the Prime Minister's seat, driven by dynastic politics rather than national interest.”

In his address, PM Modi also underscored Bihar's historic role in championing social justice and the right to reservation for SC/ST/OBC communities. However, he revealed a bitter truth. “The RJD-Congress and their allies are betraying these very communities. The Constitution and Baba Saheb Ambedkar clearly state there should be no reservation based on religion. Yet, the RJD-Congress are conspiring to allocate SC/ST/OBC quotas to their vote bank, undermining constitutional principles,” he remarked.

PM Modi also exposed this betrayal, stating, “Every caste, including Yadav, Kurmi, Kushwaha, Kalwar, Teli, Suri, Kanu, Nishad, Paswan, Ravidas, and Musahar, has been robbed of their rightful reservation. These actions are not just unconstitutional but also a grave injustice to the children of Dalits, backward classes, and tribals, whose admission quotas have been unfairly reduced in favour of Muslims.” This, he emphasized, is a stark violation of the principles of social justice and the Constitution.

PM Modi shared his understanding of what it means to have one's rights taken away. This empathy drives his commitment to ensuring the poor receive their due. He reminded the crowd of the days “when Congress allowed grains to rot while refusing to feed the poor”, contrasting it with his own “policy of opening warehouse doors to every needy person, ensuring no mother stays awake worrying about feeding her child.”

PM Modi also announced plans to build more pucca houses, equipped with toilets, electricity, cheap gas cylinders, and tap water. He mentioned about the PM Suryaghar Yojana, which aims to reduce electricity bills to zero and install solar panels, allowing families to use free electricity and even earn by selling the surplus to the government.

As he concluded his speech, PM Modi urged everyone to visit local temples and seek blessings for a Viksit Bharat. He passionately encouraged the crowd to vote for the BJP, saying, "Let's ensure victory for a stronger, prosperous nation!"