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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the department of posts to work towards improvement in service delivery, especially in payment of policy benefits, money orders and postal savings accounts. Chairing the fifth interaction through PRAGATI  the multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, Modi expressed concern at the grievances relating to post offices.

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“The prime minister also reviewed the progress of key infrastructure projects in the railway, road, power, telecommunication and agri-infrastructure sectors, spread over several states and urged speeding up of work for early completion of the projects,” an official release said.

Reviewing the scheme for provision of mobile services in left wing extremism affected areas, Modi asked the concerned states to accelerate implementation of the scheme. He also emphasized that mobile connectivity was extremely essential for the common man, particularly in backward areas. Modi was given a demonstration of the progress of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) scheme through live video-conferencing with three police stations in Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. He called for enhancing both the level of sophistication, and the speed of implementation of this scheme across the country.

(IANS)

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)