Jun 09, 2014
The Indian Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the book, ‘Getting India Back on track – an action agenda for reform’.
New Delhi: Signaling a reform in the policy-making process, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has stressed on the need for active research and analysis of the developmental process in order to formulate better policy frameworks.
In the field of infrastructure, the Indian Prime Minister said that the focus needs to shift from highways to "i-ways” and optical fiber networks so that in future, cities are built based on the availability of optical-fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure.
The Prime Minister also asked for urbanisation to be treated as an opportunity instead of a problem. “To generate employment and change for the better, it is imperative that we build 100 smart cities”, he said.
The Prime Minister referred to the three colors of the national flag to suggest revolutionary agendas of futuristic growth.
Beginning with green, he said we need to bring about a second green revolution – focusing on increased agro-productivity, value addition, agro technology, and decentralisation of warehousing.
Referring to white, he said a white revolution must now focus on increasing milk productivity, and developing a support system for ensuring cattle health.
The color saffron, according to the Prime Minister, represented energy and therefore a saffron revolution is required that focuses on renewable energy sources such as solar energy, to meet India's growing energy demand.
Inspired by the blue colour of the Ashok Chakra in the National Flag, he said the blue revolution should focus on the fisheries sector, including ornamental fish.
The issue of water conservation was also brought to light with the Prime Minister emphasising the importance of micro-irrigation which would lead to "per drop, more crop."
The Prime Minister also drew attention to skill development in the country, referring to it as a priority area since 65 percent of our population was below 35 years of age. He further stressed upon three factors: Skill, Scale and Speed which were required for India to progress and compete with China.