We need to abandon the ‘colonial mindset’ and encourage talent, skills and craftsmanship inherently present in every Indian: Vice President
- The students and young people should imbibe ethical values and always remain committed to high morals. They have to strive to preserve culture and protect nature to ensure a better future for the country.
- Challenges of higher education such as shortage of funds, dearth of qualified teachers, infrastructure deficits, issues related to quality and equity. A lot needs to be done post implementation of the Right to Education Act to strengthen India’s education sector.
- India’s aim is inclusive and sustainable development and the path to reach this goal has to be cemented by the youth of the country who are inventive, intelligent and ingenious.
- India should not be pulled back to the dark ages by abhorrent social practices such as caste discrimination, violence, bigotry and prejudice. VP urged the youth of the country to break free from all such social evils, imbibe new and progressive values.
- India has always been a country firmly rooted in secularism, and values of tolerance, acceptance and peace, VP implored the youth to always have the first and foremost allegiance to the timeless constitutional values of the country.
- There is also a need to abandon the ‘colonial mind-set’ and encourage talent, skills and craftsmanship inherently present in every Indian.
- Need to make moral science a mandatory subject in educational institutions and to create awareness on environmental sustainability among the youth.
Need to provide affordable medical facilities to people living in rural areas: Vice President
- VP asked medical colleges to encourage students to visit rural areas and understand the healthcare requirements of poor and downtrodden.
- Governments draw up policies and programs to improve healthcare. But it is the doctors at the grass-root level who play a key role in making them successful.
- United efforts of government, private sector would take quality healthcare to remote and help us bridge the urban-rural divide.
- India had made significant improvements in providing basic and advanced health care since independence, but much needed to be done to improve life expectancy, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and improve quality of life.
- flagship initiative of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ that provides insurance coverage and comprehensive, need-based healthcare through 1,50,000 health and wellness centres to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families would address problems faced by people like huge out-of-pocket expenditure and accessing modern healthcare facilities.
- Quoting a paper published in ‘The Lancet Global Health’, he said that cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and diabetes kill around 4 million Indians annually (as in 2016), and most of these deaths were premature, occurring among Indians aged 30–70 years.
PM inaugurates, launches development works in Baripada, Odisha
- PM unveiled a digital plaque to mark the commencement of work for conservation and development of Rasika Ray Temple, and Excavated Structure at Ancient Fort Haripurgarh.
- He dedicated to the nation, the Balasore-Haldia-Durgapur section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline of IOCL.
NHAI to collaborate with Oil Marketing Companies for issuance of FASTags through petroleum retail outlets
- It will ensure availability of FASTags at petroleum outlets across India. In the first phase, the tags will be available across 50 Fuel Station in Delhi NCR, which will subsequently be expanded to outlets across India.
- NHAI has been mandated to implement the National Electronic Toll Collection Program (NETC) in the country. The company launched the program under the brand name “FASTag” in April 2016.
- Recent government measures like proposed FASTag – GST integration and FASTag acceptance at all Toll Plazas in India, have led to an urgent need of scaling up the FASTag marketing channels.