Gandhinagar, Aug 29 : Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah on Thursday said the fundamentals of the economy were quite strong and Kashmir would also see the fruits of development, after the abrogation of Article 370.
According to Mr Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not take a decision to please the people, but for the development of the nation.
Addressing the seventh Convocation of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) here as the Chief Guest, the Union Minister told the students that life is full of possibilities, and only those with courage, could make most of them.
He urged the students to never aim for less and always be ambitious in their goals and do the best they could, in the new chapter of their lives. He said the coming age of global warming and climate change, and those issues would become increasingly important.
Mr Modi had provided leadership at the global level, to tackle the issue of climate change, said Mr Shah and urged the PDPU to undertake research and development in recycling of single use plastic and asked the institute to innovate in the field of eco-friendly plastic.
He noted that in the last five years, the nation has been transformed in many ways with decisions like GST, proving that Mr Modi takes decisions not to please the people, but to improve their lives and develop the nation as today, India has strong macroeconomic fundamentals, is the fastest growing economy and has reduced fiscal deficit from five per cent of GDP to 3.3 percent of GDP.
Mr Shah expressed confidence that under the leadership of Mr Modi, Kashmir and Kashmiris would prosper and be able to avail hitherto, the inaccessible opportunities. Speaking about the surgical strikes, especially Balakot, the Union Minister ensured that no adversary would think of harming India.
Calling for the development of oil, gas and energy sectors, Mr Shah said the government had taken several initiatives to develop the sectors, such as the new Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP), but still, more needs to be done.
He said 18 percent of the world's population resided in India. However, the country's energy consumption was only 5.4 percent of the global energy consumption, which was quite low, he said, adding that petroleum and energy sectors would play a vital role in making the country, a five trillion dollar economy.
Noting that the coming year is the 150th Birth Year Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which would bring new energy, new inspiration and new resolutions for the nation, Mr Shah asked the graduating students to study the lives and deeds of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Mahatma Gandhi, to understand the country. (UNI)