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30 scientists from top institutions meet PM Modi
PM Modi exhorts scientists to solve problems related to energy & water
Indian science must address the unique healthcare needs and challenges that confront India: PM
PM Modi describes solar energy as the ultimate solution to India's energy problems
PM Narendra Modi calls for innovations in the agriculture sector
Indian science should not be constrained by a silo-approach, there must be multi-disciplinary environment for research: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today met 30 eminent scientists from various top institutions across the country. 

In the course of the interaction which lasted for over two and half hours, several scientists made brief presentations on the progress made by India in different fields of science.

The Prime Minister appreciated the work done by the scientists. He called upon the scientific community to work towards solving the problems faced by India, including in the emerging critical areas of energy and water.

Describing the task of cleaning up the rivers, including the Ganga, as a "scientific project," the Prime Minister said it was a challenge to Indian scientists to come up with innovative solutions to achieve this goal.

In the area of healthcare, the Prime Minister said Indian science must address the unique healthcare needs and challenges that confront India. He mentioned the prevalence of malnutrition, and the disease of sickle-cell anaemia in certain tribal areas, as illustrations. He also called for overlapping traditional knowledge with modern systems. He said India must become self-reliant in medical equipment manufacturing.

Describing solar energy as the ultimate solution to India's energy problems, the Prime Minister called upon Indian scientists to work towards developing more efficient equipment which could revolutionize the entire sector. He asked the Indian scientific community to come up with ideas and concepts for global leadership, in the context of the upcoming COP-21 climate conference in Paris.

Reiterating that while science is universal, technology must be local, the Prime Minister called for innovations in the agriculture sector that would lower wastage of agricultural produce, and eliminate entirely, India's import of agricultural products. As an illustration, the Prime Minister mentioned that India produces most of the global production of castor seed, and yet other countries import raw castor seeds from India, to add huge value, and supply the resulting products globally.

On the administrative front, the Prime Minister said that Indian science seemed to be constrained by a silo-approach, which should be ended through greater coordination, and establishing a multi-disciplinary environment for research.

Minister of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences Dr. Harshvardhan; Vice Chiarman NITI Aayog Dr. Arvind Panagariya; Member NITI Aayog Shri V.K. Saraswat; Minister of State for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences Shri Y.S. Choudhary; and Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India Dr. R. Chidambaram were present at the interaction.

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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021
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A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.

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