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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a vocal advocate of technology and digital innovations, on Monday stressed the need to promote space technology-based tools and their application in governance and development.

He further said that technology has the potential to improve the life of the masses.

Modi remarked, “technology is a driving force. It has a huge impact and has solutions for numerable problems”.

The PM was seemingly happy about the fact that various government departments showed enthusiasm in using space technology in their respective areas as he addressed a special session of the national meet on promoting space technology here.

“It’s important for us how do we come up with the new initiatives (in terms of utilizing technology) as new ideas and initiatives could do wonders,” he was quoted as saying.

In his trademark style of juxtaposing his childhood days and days as PM now, Modi talked about the example of an airplane. He said that earlier he used to wonder if technology could help reduce accidents on unmanned railway crossing. Now all of us know that an airplane has the technology at its disposal to know the information of weather and clouds coming up in its way.

Modi said that he discussed the issue with scientists and asked them to come up with some tool which would alert a railway engine driver about any unmanned railway crossing up to three to four kilometres ahead.

“Available technology, if used with new thinking and initiatives, could make life better for poorest of the poor,” he said.

Modi recalled eminent space scientist Vikram Sarabhai’s words on the cost of India’s space program that no effort should be spared in the objective of fulfilling the needs of India’s common man.

“There has been an ongoing debate if a country like India should get into competitive race of space technology. But our efforts (to improve life) must not lose the steam,” he said.

“There should be no space between the space technology and the common man,” he said, stressing the need to make maximum use of the available technology to improve life for all.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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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)