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Turn scam India into skill India: Modi

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 12, 2014
First Published: 00:11 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:16 IST(12/6/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled innovate ideas to make development a mass movement, clean up politics and change India’s image from “scam India to skill India” in his reply to the President’s address to Parliament.
In his first speeches in the two houses of Parliament, Modi talked about empowering the poor through education, imparting required skills to youth for jobs, improving farm productivity and special development focus on north-eastern India.

He also spoke about the need to make the two houses of Parliament “taint free” by asking the judiciary to decide on all pending cases against MPs within a year. This will be later replicated in states and civic bodies.  

Replaying to a debate on Motion of Thanks to President’s address, Modi told MPs in the Lok Sabha that he intends to speed up research work in agriculture universities and take them from laboratories to farm lands that would lead to an increase in productivity.

The Prime Minister made a strong pitch for engaging students of agriculture to roll out his ambitious soil health card scheme that would help farmers determine the quality of the soil.

He also emphasised on using information technology for real time data about agro products, which would help in better management of products. More on agriculture, he said there was a needed to replicate the Sikkim mode of organic produce which has a huge market in the west.

He also floated the idea of the trifurcation of Food Corporation of India into three segments to deal separately with procurement, storage and distribution works. He laid focus on skill development to cater to the growing demand worldwide and making a big entry into ‘production’ of teachers who could be ‘exported’ to foreign countries.

“We are the youngest nation. We can provide skilled manpower to the entire world,” he said.

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