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February 1st, 2010

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil calls for a second 'Green Revolution'

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil

In her address to the nation on the eve of the country's 61st Republic Day on January 25, President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil called for urgent steps toward a second green revolution. "I call for urgent steps toward a second Green Revolution. There should be use of new technologies, better seeds, improved farming practices, effective water management, as well as more intense framework for connecting the farmer with the scientific community with lending institutions and with markets."

Excerpts from the President's Address:

"26th January, this year, marks the completion of six decades of working, striving and, all along, being guided by the principles and objectives of the Constitution that was framed after careful deliberations and adopted in 1950.

In the first decade of the 21st century, India witnessed transformational changes. It also emerged as a force, driving change in the world. Our achievements and experiences have, indeed, brought the nation to a definitional stage, where the promise of a bright future as a developed and progressive nation is for us to claim, as we all work together with conviction and commitment.

Foremost amongst what we must continue with, is our democratic principles and way of life. We have ably demonstrated that we are a functioning democracy, by time and again, choosing our governments through the ballot and by taking democracy to the grassroots.

And, as India has shown to the world, it is the rule of non-violence. Democracy involves a pattern of behaviour, in which every individual must act responsibly, show respect towards dissimilar opinions and address differences in a constructive and accommodative manner. This will build harmony and tolerance - values which are intrinsic to our philosophy; these form the bedrock of a society that embraces the diversity of language, religion and culture to create a composite whole. These values must be followed uninterruptedly in a nation that is, as vast and as varied as ours.

Our nation has made significant strides. We are the fourth-largest economy of the world in terms of purchasing power parity. Our target of achieving a double-digit growth rate is plausible and realistic, given our impressive performance during the last decade and our resilience during the global economic downturn. We should continue with policies that promote growth, and also take growth patterns to the bottom of the pyramid and, to those currently outside its purview.

The roadmap to inclusive growth requires social justice that can be delivered through an effective social sector infrastructure. It should make quality education and good health facilities available to all citizens, along with social services and job opportunities. This, in turn, will create a human resource base which has the skills, knowledge and capacity to work productively. Future growth in all sectors will depend on knowledge workers and skilled workforces. They can make our economy dynamic, our service sector efficient and competitive, our manufacturing industries broad based and our agriculture and allied sectors strong."

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

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Republic Day celebrations at India House

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Indian Republic, a flag-hoisting ceremony was held on the morning of January 26 at India House. The President's Address to the Nation was broadcast during the function.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

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