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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The central government has failed abysmally to match its words with deeds and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral promises were nothing more than “hawa baazi” (hot air) say Sonia Gandhi.

“The Modi government has failed abysmally to match words with deeds, match media events with actual accomplishments and match headlines with substance,” Gandhi said while addressing a Congress Working Committee meeting.

“The economy is on a downslide while prices continue to rise,” she said.
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Gandhi also took a dig at the government’s U-turn on the land bill. “The U-turn on the land bill is evidence that the Narendra Modi government is out of touch with the ground realities. It has become painfully clear that most of the pledges made by the prime minister during his election campaigns are nothing more than hawa baazi,” the Congress president said.

Terming the NDA government’s land bill “draconian”, Gandhi accused the central government of disregarding the will of parliament.

“The Modi government first promulgated a draconian land ordinance. For reasons best known to it, the government chose to disregard the will of parliament and displayed an inexplicable hurry to snatch land from our farmers,” she said. Gandhi also thanked party workers and farmers for putting up a strong opposition to the land bill.

“Thanks to our party’s sustained campaign, the government has been compelled to withdraw its anti-farmer amendments. The credit for this goes to every Congress worker who, under (party vice president) Rahul Gandhi’s active guidance, carried out a sustained agitation,” she said.

She said all like-minded parties and members of civil society joined hands with the Congress against the government’s land bill.

She said similar campaigns are now needed to mount against the assault on tribal welfare, on women and child welfare, on labour laws, on laws that protect the environment and forests, on RTI and on our flagship initiatives MGNREGA which are being systematically undermined.

She also accused the central government of eroding the autonomy and integrity of vital institutions.

“History is sought to be rewritten, specially with targeting of (former prime minister) Jawaharlal Nehru, the architect of modern India and builder of democratic institutions,” she said.

Gandhi also charged that the Modi government was controlled by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.She shared her concerns over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir and the security situation in the state.

She said: “Our soldiers and civilians are being increasingly targeted. Instead of a coherent policy on Pakistan, this government can’t seem to make up its mind on what it should do.”

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Build Bridge between Artificial Intelligence, Human Intentions: PM Modi Urges Technocrats

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)