Poor must have access to science, technology

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015 at the Mumbai University on Jan. 3, 2014.  Also present were on the occasion Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for  Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Y. S. Chowdary, Minister of State for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Mumbai University Vice Chancellor Rajan Welukar and Dr. S. B. Nimse, Vice Chancellor, Lucknow University. (Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS)NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a nation’s progress and its development is linked to science and technology but it also has the risk of increasing inequality and damaging the environment, on Saturday while addressing the 102nd Indian Science Congress 2015.

“A nation’s progress and its human development are linked to science and technology…

“But, it can increase inequality, make wars more lethal and damage our environment. Science and technology can also remove national barriers, unify the world and advance peace.” he said.

The Prime Minister also said that the poorest should also have access to science and technology.

“To me, the arms of science, technology and innovation must reach the poorest, the remotest and the most vulnerable person,” Modi said.

He added: “Our investments in science and technology are far too concentrated in the agencies of central government and must become more broad-based.”

The PM also said that there was “mood of optimism for change in the country, the energy to pursue it, and confidence to achieve it”.  – From the Hindustan Times

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