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Rural India needs attention for development: Naidu
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Rural India needs attention for development: Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 28 : Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday underlined the need to bridge the urban-rural divide to ensure uniform development of the country and use science and technology and innovations to change the lives of farmers.

He called upon the scientific community, researchers and innovators to use science and technology and innovations to change the lives of farmers and wanted special attention towards farming as most of the
village economy relied on agriculture.

Addressing the third edition of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Summit on Innovation and Governance where he gave away the Kalam Innovation in Governance Awards 2019 here, Mr Naidu said that giving equal access to resources, healthcare and education to everyone regardless of their social status would help the nation in bridging the divide.

'The critical challenge is to deploy the best possible ideas in the innovation-led development of the rural areas of the nation – where 60 per cent of its population lives,' he added and urged the younger generation to research and come up with new ideas and innovations and contribute to India’s growth story.

On the occasion, the Vice President also started 75 new Kalam Digital Libraries that are aimed at serving as centres for no-cost digital based learning in schools and children observatories across India.Calling governance as key and performance as the only touchstone for real progress, he said ideas have to be translated into tangible realities.

Mr Naidu opined that every citizen must play a key role in achieving self-reliance for a globally competitive nation. 'Together, with sustainable efforts, we can realise this dream of New India,' he said.

He opined that former President Abdul Kalam’s name conjured up the visions of India that was firmly on a development trajectory, harnessed its intellectual and used its cultural and spiritual capital to regain its rightful place in the comity of nations.

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the DGDIA & DCIDS, Intelligence, Ministry of Defence, Lt Gen Amarjeet Singh Bedi, Goan Minister for Art & Culture, Tribal Affairs and Civil Supplies Govind Gaude, Chief Secretary of Gujarat, Dr Jagdip Narayan Singh and other dignitaries were present on the occasion, an official release here said. UNI