Special Correspondent

VELLORE: Director of the Vellore Institute of Development Studies (VIDS) P. Jegadish Gandhi has appealed to proactive non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to propagate the clarion call given by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to voters to elect righteous candidates with “people’s socio-economic development-centric perspective” as part of his message to voters during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

He had conveyed his message through the India Vision Group Campaign to celebrate ‘Democracy: vote India.’

Contents of the five-point mission are: ensuring a three-fold increase in per capita income of the constituency, raising literacy rate by at least 20 per cent, reducing infant mortality rate from the present level of 50 per 1,000 to less than 10 per 1,000, activating micro-level water supply resources, and creating value-added employment programmes to enable every unemployed person to get a job in the next five years.

In a letter to Mr. Kalam, Mr. Gandhi hailed the mission mode set for the new MPs as unprecedented in the 62-year history of Independent political India.

Mr. Gandhi requested the NGOs to propagate Mr. Kalam’s message by pressing into service all methods of dissemination, both in the rural and urban areas.

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