Participating at ‘Shikhar Samagam’, a program organized by Hindustan newspaper in Lucknow, today, three Union Ministers gave emphasis on sustainable development of country.
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh emphatically asserted that if the existing growth rate of country continues with same manner, soon India will be in group of top three economies of the world. Shri Rajnath Singh was speaking on topic ‘Desh ki Suraksha aur tarakki: Disha-Dasha’. Speaking on India’s relations with neighboring countries, he said that Pakistan has been consistently violating the ceasefire accord between the two countries, but India has been giving them befitting reply.
The Union Home Minister said that top priorities are safety of borders and to stop infiltration at borders as well. He said that he has told to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) not to fire first bullet, but if Pakistan does it then respond appropriately. Besides, Shri Rajnath Singh said that country’s borders with Pakistan and China are highly sensitive. Government has held discussions with Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh over security and on evolving common strategies, he added.
Over Naxal issue, Shri Rajnath Singh said that there has been 35% decline in Naxal attacks. On ISIS, Shri Singh said that this outfit will never succeed in establishing any network in India. Shri Rajnath Singh thanked the people of the country for not letting ISIS to raise its’ head in the country.
The Union Minister for Road and Transport, Shri Nitin Gadkari spoke on topic ‘Highway ki Gati se highway: kab aur kaise’. Shri Nitin Gadkari asserted that toll tax will never be stopped. Adding, he said, Government doesn’t have money for construction of roads. Toll tax may be lower or higher but will exist. He also said that for using the better roads one has to pay the tax.
Shri Gadkari also said that in next two years there will be manufacturing of vehicles running with battery with least pollution. On Bihar, Shri Gadkari said that in next three years cost of Rs 63 thousand crores will be incurred on construction of roads.
Speaking on topic, ‘Naujawan desh me vishwa stariya shiksha: Kashish aur Koshish’ the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ms. Smriti Irani stressed upon the need for evolving separate skill programs at district level to ensure better education.
Ms. Smriti Irani said that for better education, the need of the hour is that every district must have it’s own skill based program. Prior to this one will have to perceive the facts that what are the small industries in vogue in a district and to know the aspirations of education among people living in district level, she added. Earlier she also said that in education we have schemes and courses at centre and state level only and there must be evaluation regarding education at regular interval of time.
Ms. Irani also informed the people present there that the Ministry of Human Resource Development is starting a program named ‘GIAN’ (Global Initiative for Academician Program) to ensure presence of world class faculty at Indian institutions like IITs and IIMs, for a minimum 15 days period.
In this scheme government can call expert academicians to country and for the same the Centre has already prepared a list of some 320 foreign faculty members, she added. On a pragmatic note Ms. Smriti Irani said that this effort may curtail the number of students going abroad in pursuit of advanced education in presence of good academicians. She also expressed her concern over applications by highly educated people with Ph.D and B. Tech degree for the posts of peon in some states.