PM for Cooperative Federalism to take Nation Forward

By Sarkaritel June 12, 2014 10:19

PM for Cooperative Federalism to take Nation Forward

By TN Ashok,

New Delhi, June 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today advocated “cooperative federalism” as the best means to take the nation forward on the path of stability and progress while taking the best from each of the states development model.

Replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha today, the Prime Minister said the nation could not proceed on the basis of any set model for development but “we must learn to take the best from each of the states development models”. He cited Sikkim as a state which had emerged to the forefront as a state which was a pioneer in organic farming or generating organic products.

Tamil Nadu has shown the way forward in rain water harvesting. Chhattisgarh has shown how best a public distribution system can work despite being saddled with problems from the Maoists. West Bengal has come out of the grip of the left front rule to meet the aspirations of the people on all fronts, he said in a complement to Trinamool leader Mamta Banerjee’s shifts in the state ruled for decades by the left front.

Dispelling doubts that most people or political parties had not understood the concept of the Gujarat model of development, Modi said the Gujarat model of development was region specific. It is obvious that a model developed for a desert region like Kutch cannot be implemented for a green belt district of Bulsara. Such an approach will fail. And that’s what the Gujarat model of development is all about.

Stressing that he wanted the Gujarat model of development for India, he said what he intended was that he would take the best from each of the state and dovetail into a broader plan of development for the entire nation. That’s what he said he meant by cooperative federalism.

The Prime Minister said his government would strive to eradicate poverty , raise the standard of living of the villagers and the farmers who formed the backbone of the country. The only way to raise the people from the countryside would be provide easy access to education which should not be the preserve of the rich or the urban people alone.

If we educate the people in rural india and provide them with good education and employment opportunities there would be no need for them to migrate to cities for better prospects, he said.

Dwelling on another aspect of education for the villagers, he said, at present crores of rupees were being wasted by the government departments without proper instructions to the farmers on how best to use them to get the best yield from the lands tilled. Pesticides are heavily used in areas where there is no need to use them and fertilizers are used on soils where they need not be, he said the best solution for this would be issue them “Soil Health Cards” which teaches them how to judiciously use pesticides or fertilizers and where they need to be used to avoid wastage of crore of rupees on unproductive use of soil enhancers.

Apparently referring to the need for strengthening cold food chains, he said the railways were following blind instructions. “ Lakir ke fakir hain ye log”, he said sarcastically referring to railway staff moving consignments of marble faster across the country than moving perishables like tomatoes first.

“This needs to change, they need to be educated on how to read instructions properly”, he said adding employees need to be made sensitive to the nations needs better. Also we should make the best use of IT and other frontline technologies for which India had become world renowned to benefit our own country first by providing real time data and real time analysis.

Referring to the functioning of the Food Corporation of India, the country’s biggest procurement and distribution agency of food grains, the prime minister said probably the time has come to bifurcate its functioning into separate departments, with one handling procurement and another handling distribution. He did not go into details on whether he wanted the FCI split into two units.

While still on agriculture, Modi said that while science and technology should be used to better yield from soil for food grains, there was a paramount need to enhance the production of pulses. He was obviously hinting that pulses like dal (proteins) need to be produced more to first reduce its price to make it more easily available as it was a valuable nutrient in the diet chart of the people. He also said that his government was committed to tackle food inflation and bring down the prices of groceries and veggies.

Modi also spoke strongly of his government’s sensitivity to gender issues such as atrocities on women or the callousness that led to the drowning of college students from Andhra Pradesh in Himachal Pradesh. Security of the people is paramount concern of the government, he said adding, women’s security and women’s empowerment particularly was a major agenda of the BJP government.

Modi also highlighted the demographic dividend of the country and said a country which had a younger population than other countries, a highly educated labour class, skilled man power needs to stand with his held high in the comity of nations so that other nations take note of us and respect us and give us our rightful place in the world. “We need to stand stall among the comity of nations based on our inherent strengths”, he said.

Modi also cautioned against mere aggregation of degrees but putting education to its real test by translating knowledge gained to practical use. “Mere possession of degrees or certificates is not the real strength of an individual but his abilities that is going to result in nation building”, he said and also apparently refuting criticism against one of his cabinet colleagues Smiriti Irani for being appointed as a HRD minister though she did not have a college degree. He cited the example of a youngster who when asked what he was qualified to do kept repeating that he was a graduate.

Modi used the medium of live telecast of parliament proceedings to address the nation particularly which had given him the massive mandate to rule by comforting them that the government was on track to address all its concerns ranging from personal security particularly of women to general prices and productivity.

By Sarkaritel June 12, 2014 10:19