According to the father of the Indian telecom revolution and the C-DOTT, Mr. Sam Pitroda, the Centre was lacking ‘brain power’ to understand the importance of innovation for creating more jobs. He expressed disappointment at its decision to close the National Innovation Council.
Delivering a lecture on innovation at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Ahmedabad, Mr. Pitroda also opined that people should move on from the issues such as the Ram Temple or about history.
‘Innovation is a platform. You need innovation in government, judiciary, education, healthcare and processes. But, when I see debates in India, it’s always about Ram Temple or about history. Everyone talks about the past. We just love to latch on to the past. We just need to move on,’ he pointed out.
Stressing that innovation holds the key to creating more jobs, Mr. Pitroda lamented that the NDA government at the Centre had shut down the National Innovation Council,which he once chaired.
‘The National Innovation Council was a great step by the former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. But, this government closed it down.
‘Though I urged the government not to do so, it was eventually stopped. I was very disappointed, because we need innovation to create more jobs,’ he said. Without naming anyone, Mr. Pitroda said the country would not succeed by just holding rallies or blaming others.
‘The basic problem is that we are not inventing fast enough. And, the government has no idea about it. They don’t have the brain-power to understand this situation. It’s not about rallies or blaming others...It’s an emergency and we need innovation more than we had needed in the past,’ he said.