GOVERNOR DR Balram Jakhar on Saturday stressed on optimum application of science for judicious use of resources so that the tomorrow could be taken care of, particularly in the context of burgeoning population in the country.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the third MP Science Congress of the Bhopal Chapter of the Indian Science Congress Association, the Governor said that resources, particularly land and water, are not increasing but the population is growing uncontrollably.
If future generation is to be sustained on the same resources, the present generation should think and act judiciously about utilisation of resources, he cautioned.
The third Science Congress on the theme ‘Planet Earth’ is being hosted by the Rajiv Gandhi College. Dr Jakhar said that science can play an important role in this direction as agro-processing industries and other similar science-based activities can ensure maximum use of resources.
He said that it is saddening to note that students are starting to lose interest towards science and it is upon the present generation to guide them properly and ensure progress of the state and the country.
He emphasised on river linking for proper use of water available and mentioned that he had asked Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to visit Israel and study their pattern of utilisation of minimum water for maximum agriculture production.
Presiding over the inaugural session, Barkatullah University Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi also expressed distress over the depleting interest in science amongst students’ community. He also called for environment protection in context of growing population and emphasised on developing green technologies.
Principal of the college Dr T P Singh delivered the welcome address while convener of the MP Science Congress Dr S K Kulshreshtha made the introductory remarks. Organising secretary Aparna Elia proposed the vote of thanks.
Unhappy with agri policy
THE GOVERNOR expressed unhappiness with the Centre’s Agriculture Policy, particularly the report of the National Commission of Farmers headed by M S Swaminathan.
He had conveyed his displeasure to Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh during a recent meeting, and urged him to take steps for ensuring livelihood to farmers, Dr Jakhar said.
He said that he expressed unhappiness to Swaminathan too. The Governor recalled it was he who had recommended Swaminathan’s name for the Planning Commission during the Indira Gandhi regime.
Referring to suicides by farmers in various parts of the country, particularly Vidarbha, Dr Jakhar said that no one wants to die unless driven by dire circumstances and this should be borne in mind.
He said that proportion of arable land is shrinking and the number of people dependent on it is increasing. In such circumstances it is the duty of the government to ensure livelihood for the farmers.
‘Media misquoted me’
GOVERNOR DR Balram Jakhar blamed the media for misquoting his speech at the Academy of Administration on Friday, saying he might be rustic but not so silly as to warn to shoot Chief Minister Shivraj Singh.
A visible upset Dr Jakhar clarified that he had, in fact, called upon the Chief Minister to set time limits for officers to complete particular tasks and warn them if they fail to meet the deadlines, they are in the firing line and might be shot. It is deplorable indeed that the media blew things out of proportion and distorted his statement, the Governor lamented.
The media should understand what he wanted to convey when he said something rather than misrepresenting the facts, he added.