PM calls for revolutionising engineering science and innovation at India Science Congress
Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, today emphasised the need to revolutionise the landscape of Indian science, innovation and technology and stated both technology and logical temperament were needed to provide a new direction to the country’s socio-economic development process.
“I’ve always been of the opinion that science and technology had a great part to play in linking society and to bring about equality. As an example, the developments in the area of communication and information have ended a large supply of privilege by producing cheaper smartphones and data. For this reason, even a common man has gained confidence he is not alone and he can also connect with the Government and talk to it directly. We need to promote and strengthen these kinds of changes”.
Inaugurating the 107th session of the Indian Science Congress, which began at Bengaluru now, he said the common man has also been a witness to advancement in the area of rural development and noticed that technology and great effective governance was behind the success of big welfare programmes from Swachcha Bharat Abhiyan to Ayushman Bharat.
In this respect, he pointed that the Government had set a record yesterday by disbursing money under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi to six crore people in the nation simultaneously. “How did it happen? It was because of Aadhar enabled technology”, he said.
He also pointed out that the Government has been able to speed up the execution of various projects using the techniques of geo-tagging and information science and increasingly fill the gap between schemes and beneficiaries with the help of real time monitoring systems.
He claimed that the Government was continuing its efforts to guarantee ease of doing science and efficiently use information technology to reduce’red tape’ and said water governance might be a new frontier of research with the Government starting a programme on water called Jal Jeevan mission.
There is, he said, a need to develop cheaper and more effective technologies for water recycling and reuse, create scientific solutions for using domestic wastewater in agriculture, create high-quality seeds which required lesser quantity of water, and generate technologies to make the optimal use of the information in soil health cards.
Besides, he called for research to find alternatives to single-use plastic and to extract and recycle metals from electronic waste and said the technology that could be developed could be then transferred to medium, small and micro-enterprises. “Lot of opportunities are available to set up startups devoted to promoting the notion of green, circular and sustainable market in villages. Household wastes and agricultural residue are creating the problem of contamination in villages. We have to come out with methods to convert them. We want to reduce the import of crude oil by at least 10 per cent.