‘Make in India’ not just confined to India anymore, benefitting others: Jitendra

08/09/2018

NEW DELHI, Sep 7: The 'Make In India' initiative of the government is not only helping the country grow but also benefitting other nations as part of the global community, Union minister Jitendra Singh said Friday.
Addressing a gathering of senior offices of the armed forces, industry leaders and other stakeholders on the second day of the Defence and Homeland Security Expo & Conference here, the Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said this aspect was best highlighted in the achievement of the Mangalyaan mission helmed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the planned first manned space mission of India.
"The Make In India theme is now no more just confined to India. It is contributing to a community of nations, world over. Our Sriharikota launching pad facilities are being used by countries which began space exploration much earlier than India, like the US, Russia (Soviet Union), France," Singh said.
So, other countries are availing it, as they are doing now, this was unimaginable two decades ago, the minister said. Singh, in his speech, lauded the armed forces for the sacrifices the defence personnel make in keeping the country secure and hit out at the government's detractors.
The government has been consistent in sending out a "loud and clear message" that the nation is indebted to the defence forces, the minister said.
"And it is high time that all of us are together to at least disrobe or unmask those who try to find a political agenda or a vested agenda by tending to lower the morale of the defence forces or capabilities of the armed forces," he said.
And, those who lower their morale that act is not just "condemnable" it amounts to a sin, Singh said.
On the first manned space mission planed by India, the Union minister said, this also is a fine example of the 'Make in India' initiative.
"The scientists are Indians, those developing it are Indians and those who will go, men or women, would be Indians," he said.
Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S) Lt General S SHasabnis also hailed the 'Make in India' initiative and pitched for greater synergy between the armed forces and the industry.
"There is no such technology needed in the armed forces, which cannot be developed here (in India)," he said.
Singh also said the atomic energy nuclear programme is not so much for warfare as for the development work, adding that the atomic plant coming up in Gorakhpur in Haryana is likely to become functional in two years.
"In the future, our nuclear programme is going to be one of the critical sources of growing energy needs of the 'New India' that our prime minister talks about," he said.
Meanwhile, A group of 90 school children from Jammu and Kashmir Friday met Union Minister Jitendra Singh here. The students, belonging to Bandipora and Samba districts of J&K, comprised 11 girls and 79 boys.
They are on 'Bharat Darshan' tour organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
"They have visited various places in Delhi like Qutub Minar, Lal Quila, Lotus Temple and India Gate, among others. The students have also visited Agra," an official statement said.
While interacting with the students, Singh said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made many efforts to bring development in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. He cited examples of various projects for J&K such as the Ujh multipurpose project, the ShahpurKandi dam project, construction of world's highest railway bridge on Chenab river in Reasi district, setting up of AIIMS and IIMs, etc.
Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office, said in Kathua district the engineering college has started functioning and a medical college will also be opened soon.
He also said that north India's first bio-tech park will be set up in Kathua in J&K. Singh also discussed with students about the historical places of Jammu and Kashmir and encouraged them to visit those places.
He also said due attention should be paid to the maintenance and upkeep of the historical places.
Speaking about the 'Kashmir Super 30' initiative, being undertaken by the Army in coordination with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), the minister said the project aims to support the talented underprivileged students of the economically weaker sections of the state to achieve educational success by providing engineering entrance exam coaching for JEE (mains and advance).
He expressed happiness that under this initiative, 32 students have qualified the JEE mains exam, 2017-18, and seven out of them have cracked the JEE advance test and made it to the prestigious IITs.
Singh further said students of Jammu and Kashmir possess unique talent which needs to be exploited by guiding them towards a prosperous future.

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