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Updated: September 4, 2013 23:39 IST

Kalam for special Parliament session to revive economy

Vijay Kumar
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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

The former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has called for a special session of Parliament to devise a plan for reviving the economy.

In an interview to The Hindu on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, he said the nation was going through a difficult economic situation that had caused despair among the youth. “This is the time Parliament should sit for a month-long session, without any walkout or protest, and discuss a plan of action to revive the economy…The legislature has to perform its duty at this crucial juncture.”

Urging Parliament to discuss a “vision to evolve a sustainable economy,” Mr. Kalam underscored the need to activate the minds of students and empower millions of youth who had a passion for transforming India into a developed nation. “I am/ confident that the nation is bigger than individuals, parties and organisations. If our Parliament evolves a grand vision keeping that in mind, we can realise our dream of making India a developed nation by 2020.”

Instead of mulling over what could be derived from foreign countries to improve the economy, India should evolve proactive policies through parliamentary vision. It should work on a mission to add value to the produce of farmers, besides implementing ‘Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas’ (PURA) projects.

Mr. Kalam said the small-scale industry should be empowered with adequate technology, soft loans and growth-oriented schemes. High-tension power grids should be built across the nation to curtail transmission/distribution losses and irrigation infrastructure should be created.

He said school education should be reformed as it lacked creativity. “Teachers, syllabus and classes should be creative… A reform in the area is very vital.”

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"Instead of mulling over
what could be derived from foreign countries to improve the economy,
India should evolve proactive policies through parliamentary vision.
It should work on a mission to add value to the produce of farmers,
besides implementing ‘Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas’ (PURA)
projects.

Mr. Kalam said the small-scale industry should be empowered with
adequate technology, soft loans and growth-oriented schemes. High-
tension power grids should be built across the nation to curtail
transmission/distribution losses and irrigation infrastructure should
be created.

He said school education should be reformed as it lacked creativity.
“Teachers, syllabus and classes should be creative… A reform in the
area is very vital.” APJ Abdul Kalam a great visionary.

from:  Sam
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 11:39 IST

Well said. It is to be taken in a very positive mood in spirit and
action, like an emergency situation all irrespective all differences
should focus and save our selves.

from:  O A Varadarajan
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 10:41 IST

Very good thoughts from Kalam. Actually it reflects his true concerns on our nation! But considering the current narrow-mindedness of our political parties, i doubt if this will happen.

from:  Venkatesh MV
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 10:36 IST

Whatever the respected visionary has said in this context is relevant
and very important. I wish, the human collective consciousness would
listen, agree and try to do what Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam suggests. If we
do it, it is going to make fundamental changes in the way we live as a
nation, because Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has pointed towards the very
nerve centers of our social existence, where we have to direct our pure
attention with lot of resolve and patriotism.

from:  Prasanthan
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 10:18 IST

Bharat has no choice but to go to Basics. Without adequate basic infrastructure in Utilities, Transportation and Communication there can be no industrialization. Bharat has to go for strategic alliances with friendly countries to ensure basic raw materials. Investment in Agriculture is of paramount importance. Short terms measures wont do. Lastly, curbing crime and corruption in the government is important to improve good governance and integrity. There is no short cuts.

from:  Mani Raman
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 08:34 IST

excellent kaalamji saheb
-----
yes we need PURA
Atleast GOI complete dedicated freight corridor (western side) before 2014
similarly hyderabad metro
opening line2(green) for bang metro
comlete the jammu kashmir rail link(udhampur sect) will go a long way with atleast 1 percent GDP worth commerce
thank you

from:  rama anne
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 07:33 IST

Mr. Kalam's timely advice to the government is very honest and is the voice of millions of Indians. Let the PM take his advice very seriously and engage all MPs in solving the present economic condition. It is already late,at least now let all political parties sit together to make a major surgery to the constitution. As a ruling party PM, Mr. Manmohan Sigh cannot dodge his responsibility. Otherwise, India will be identified with other worst countries and Manmohan Singh's name will appear in the books of history as worst PM of India. The people of this country desperately waiting for the change. Dear PM, at least act now!!

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 07:32 IST

I am wondering whether the parties looking to score political points (to win forthcoming elections) on each and every major issue such as economy, saftey of women, etc. would listen to what Dr. Kalam is suggesting.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 03:42 IST

What is the point of having a parliament session when most of them are corrupt

from:  ajey jain
Posted on: Sep 5, 2013 at 02:50 IST
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