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The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Shri T.R. Zeliang calls on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on September 04, 2014.

New Delhi : Accusing the BJP-led central government of signing the Naga peace accord without taking any stakeholder into confidence, the Congress on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi overlooked the constitution in doing so.

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The government was keeping the entire nation in the dark on the accord, party spokesman Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference here attended by the chief ministers of Congress ruled states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ignored the basic principal of cooperative federalism (by signing the accord on his own),” he said.

The Congress leader said Modi did not even consult any of the three senior most chief ministers – Tarun Gogoi of Assam, Nabam Tuki of Arunachal Pradesh and Okram Ibobi Singh of Manipur.

“The government did not consult anybody on the issue, and now its ministers are making false statements that they (Gogoi, Tuki and Ibobi Singh) were called in for a meeting on the issue,” he said, adding that “it’s a blatant lie”.

“The BJP is telling a blatant lie to the country that they invited the Congress chief ministers of northeastern region for consultation before they reached the Naga peace accord,” he said.

“Nobody knows what it (accord) contains… not even his own ministers have any idea about it,” Surjewala said.

It was “unfortunate” and the government must not ignore the constitutional norms and practices in cases like these, he added.

He, however, said the Congress was not against any peace process concerning the region, but it would not allow this to happen without states concerned being taken into confidence.

The Congress leader also accused the central government of not putting something as important as a peace accord before parliament specially when its in session.

The three chief ministers, present at the press conference, said they would like to see the “full text” of the accord before the government finalizes it.

The Manipur chief minister said he would fight against the peace accord “tooth and nail”, as it was signed without consulting him and others involved.

Tuki said he welcomes the peace process but it must not disturb his state’s boundaries.

The Congress leaders said by signing the peace accord, the “Modi government has shown complete disregard to the constitutionally elected state governments”.

They also demanded that a copy of the accord be made available to them immediately.

The Naga peace accord, between the central government and the NSCN (IM) was signed on August 3 in the presence of the prime minister.

(IANS)

 

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Observing that there is a conspiracy to present technology as a challenge for India's demographic dividen

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He said the emphasis should be on ways to upgrade skills as per the demand. "Let AI be just another aid, which is little more sophisticated," he said. Pixabay

Stressing integration and right balance between human and artificial intelligence (AI), Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday said the debate on AI should focus on bridging the gap between human intentions and AI, and not its likely negative impact.

Speaking at the launch of book ‘Bridgital Nation’, written by N. Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushottam, Modi said, “The debate should not be on what are the dangers from AI, but how to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and human intentions.”

He said the emphasis should be on ways to upgrade skills as per the demand. “Let AI be just another aid, which is little more sophisticated,” he said.

Observing that there is a conspiracy to present technology as a challenge for India’s demographic dividend, he said, “Human intentions and right intentions” were important for AI’s operations. Technology and talent were force multipliers, rather than a threat, he said. Technology was a bridge between aspirations and achievements, he added.

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Speaking at the launch of book ‘Bridgital Nation’, written by N. Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushottam, Modi said, “The debate should not be on what are the dangers from AI, but how to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and human intentions.” Pixabay

The Prime Minister narrated how technology had been a key component of government schemes to reform, transform and perform. He mentioned about the use of data intelligence, digital mapping and real time monitoring in Ujjwala Yojana, which has transformed the lives of millions of women. He also talked about how technology had helped in empowering people through schemes, like Jan Dhan Yojana and Ayushman Bharat.

Modi said his government had used technology to remove silos among departments and build a bridge between supply and demand through innovative ideas, like the Government e-market Place (GeM). He explained how technology was used to create a robust startup system in the country, especially in tier 2 and 3 cities, which helped in development of a new ecosystem of startups.

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On the need to convert challenges posed by technology into opportunities, Modi cited the example of creation of India Post Payment Bank. The disruption caused by technology to the entire postal organisation had converted it into a tech-intensive banking system, benefiting millions through postal bank, he added. (IANS)