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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met a group of people, who were complaining about atrocities by police in Gujarat during the anti-reservation agitation. They asked for a changeover to a system of reservation based on economic status.

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Earlier, at least 250 people from Sardar Patel Group US-Canada (SPG) held a protest outside the United Nations as Modi addressed the General Assembly. They carried both portraits of Modi welcoming him and placards about the alleged atrocities and calling for changes in the reservation system.

Alpesh Patel, who said he led the SPG delegation that met Modi, told that they gave him 25 petitions seeking action on the alleged police atrocities where they also voiced for a change in the reservation system. In the same regard, 2,000 letters supporting the demand were sent through the Consulate General.

During their meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Patel, a businessman from Central New Jersey, said, “Modi listened to us and told us that he has reviewed the issue and said the High Court is also looking into it.”

Patel further said, “Modi did not reacted on our request for change in the reservation system.”

The community conveyed to Modi that the current caste-based reservation system should be changed to one that is based on economic status.

One of those at the protest, RK Patel explained their contradictory signs of welcome and protest saying, “We are Indians first. We have a good Prime Minister and we welcome him. But we want him to do something about the atrocities in Gujarat and make the reservations economic and not caste.”

In contrast to last year when hundreds turned up to cheer Modi, there were only about a dozen people from the Overseas BJP this time. Some members of the SPG too joined BJP members in holding up their banners and welcoming for Modi.

Meanwhile, another protest erupted across the streets by Khalistan supporters, who were separated by security barriers under the watchful of eyes of police. At least 500 of them held up signs demanding a referendum in Punjab and paraded an effigy of Modi.

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)