Bhopal: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, said that the science and technology sector’s development has made rapid progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Science and technology have touched and influenced every field of life and are one of the priorities of the Government of India.
Tomar was speaking during the closing ceremony of the India International Science Festival at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
The Union Minister said that Vigyan Bharti, State Government, and Central Government together provided an efficient platform for students, scientists, and start-ups from across the country through this event. Many students and youth were invited to the festival.
Minister said that our country is young and youth energy is its’ biggest strength. ‘Amritkaal’, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a period when the country can fulfill its biggest expectations and goals, drawing on the strength of the young population. For this, the Government of India is promoting science and technology extensively.
“Government’s priority can also be understood from the fact that the former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had given the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan’. Later, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee added ‘Science’ to make it ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan-Jai Vigyan’. Prime Minister Modi has completed it by adding ‘Anusandhan’. Now it is ‘Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan-Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan,” said Tomar.
“When we came into Government, the budget for science & technology was around Rs 2,000 crore, which was increased by our Prime Minister to more than Rs 6,000 crore,” he added.