Source: News Bharati English22 Oct 2015 15:50:19

Nagpur, Oct 22: Pursuing the path of peace, truth, dharm,a  non-violence and love India can become the world leader once again, observed Dr Virendra Kumar Saraswat, Member of NITI Ayog here today.

Addressing the gathering at the 91st Foundation Day of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) here at Reshambag ground Dr Saraswat, a former Director General of DRDO, stressed the need for total people-oriented revamp of education, health, rural development and agriculture so that India can assume the role of world leader.

Listing poverty, education, healthcare and rural development, Dr Saraswat stated that instead of removing poverty, we need to concentrate on empowerment of masses. This we did during the first green revolution in the 50s and the 60s. But this is to be done once again with the second green revolution.

Suggesting proper application of traditional farming methods with the modern technologies we can enhance our farming output through this second green revolution, he said. He said that for this we need to increase the income level of the rural folks by six times as compared to the present.

Dr Saraswat also advocated eliminating the middlemen in agriculture sector by setting up farmer-producer joint companies for marketing the farm produces.

He also suggested that we need to have special IIT devoted to agriculture only as India is still predominantly an agrarian economy. There are many IITs devoted to engineering but there is not even a single world class IIT devoted to farming and farm technology.

Is our education system going in the right direction, he posed and answered that this is not so. We have neglected achievements of Vedic seers and scientists and tought our students only on the western science and scientists. Our education should make our students to learn to live so that they can learn the Indian traditional wisdom.

Education must develop consciousness that will bring about a revolution and change that we expect. With privatization of education we have commercialized the system. This should stop. We need some regulatory authority to control this mindless game of privatization of education.

Batting for providing healthcare to all at affordable rates, Dr Saraswat championed the setting up of a regulatory framework to check corporate hospitals. Making use of technology e-medicine can be encouraged and adopted to reach to the maximum people in the rural and inaccessible areas, he said. He urged the doctors to honestly follow the Hippocratic Oath of serving the patients.

Dr Saraswat also stressed on providing urban facilities to the rural people to stop their migration to urban centers. He said 30 people from rural areas migrate to cities every minute. He said Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Pt Deen Dayal Upadhayay had also advocated for providing urban facilities to rural people for checking their migration to the cities.

Referring to centre’s smart cities scheme the NITI Ayog member said that we need more smart villages than smart cities to develop our country. We must concentrate on simultaneous growth of intellectual, material and spiritual faculties.

Quoting Kalam from his last speech Dr Saraswat who had worked with Kalam in missile development, said that sustainable development can alone strike a balance between the biological world and artificial world as envisaged by former President Kalam. And the road to achieve this is of peace, truth, dharma, love and non-violence.