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OROP: Pensions now for voluntarily-retired soldiers

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After a stint of relentless struggle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has partially given into the demands of protesting ex-soldiers. The PM said he will ensure that OROP will also be applicable to soldiers who have retired prematurely.

orop (1)Though the protesting ex-servicemen have welcomed the new development and agreed to give up their hunger strike, they will continue to protest till the government doesn’t fulfil their demands.

Modi sounded out the government’s decision after inaugurating the Delhi-Faridabad corridor. Jawans are being misled regarding the new found commission formed in order to look into OROP; this commission would essentially look into the shortcomings of the same, said Modi, as reported in the Indian Express.

“Jawans have to retire after 15-17 years of service. A few people think they will not get OROP they are misleading you by calling it VRS (voluntary retirement scheme)…If anybody gets OROP, jawans will be the first…Those injured, those who had to compulsorily leave, they will get OROP. Can a Prime Minister who loves the armed forces even think of depriving such people of OROP benefits,” he said, as quoted in the leading daily.

Further taking a dig at the Congress, Modi said the party doesn’t have the right to question his government owing to their lackadaisical administration. “Those who did nothing for 40-42 years, do they have any right to misled the country…your sin was that you did nothing for 40-42 years yet you want to hold us accountable,” he added.

It has become a fashion to lampoon the government at the centre and Congress has taken to a similar stance, he said. He further conceded that implementation of OROP wasn’t an easy task and it might have further implications.

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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)