Aizawl, May 24: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday last stressed on eradication of poverty, illiteracy and terrorism for better development of the country.
Addressing a function at Mizoram University (MZU) campus after inaugurating academic and seminar complex of the university on Thursday, the vice president said, “Though India has made rapid progress in various fields after attaining independence, the country is still grappling with some problems especially poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. About 25% of population is still under below poverty line.”
He said that poverty, illiteracy and terrorism impede progress in the country.
“Poverty and illiteracy should be eradicated to bridge the urban-rural divide and terrorism should be eliminated as it has no place in democracy,” he added.
Naidu, who arrived in Aizawl on Thursday to inaugurate housing complex and lay foundation stone for boys and girls hostels at MZU stressed on the importance of women empowerment and said atrocities against women and weaker section of society should be avoided.
During his maiden visit to the state as vice president, Naidu also urged people to make new India through reformation, performance and transformation.
“To move towards new India- a strong and stable country, where there is no poverty, where there is no atrocities, where there is no economic disparity, where there is no corruption, where there is no black money, we need transformation and transforming the nation is what we required,” he said.
During his lecture, the vice president also exhorted the students to love their motherland, culture and traditions.
He urged the students to be well-versed in their mother tongues apart from learning foreign languages.
“It is high time to get back to the roots to learn our mother tongues and preserve our cultures. Our tradition and culture should be maintained. You should not forget your mother language, culture and motherland,” he said and also urged the students to respect their teachers.
“If you want to go to abroad, then go. Learn, earn and return. Come back to your motherland and serve it.”
He also urged the students to work hard with dedication to achieve high position.
Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said big transformation is taking place in the country through his programme- Make In India.
Expressing concern about poor connectivity in the Northeast region, Naidu said the central government is giving priority to connectivity and infrastructure development in the region.
He also expressed hope that that Mizoram University would become dynamic and centre of excellence in the years to come.
“Being one of the most peaceful states was indeed a huge asset for Mizoram, and with the high literacy rate of its people, the state was on the right path towards development,” he said.
Lauding Mizoram as one of the cleanest state in India, Naidu thanked the people for their efforts in keeping the whole state clean and said that the Mizo people should continue to be a good example in cleanliness for the rest of the country.
Speaking on an optimistic note, the Vice President said that India had a bright future, especially because right now it is the only country in the world with a 65% population of under 35-year-olds and experts say that by 2030, India will be the only country teeming with young surplus talent in the world.
The vice president, who was here on Thursday, also laid the foundation stone for boys and girls hostel at the university.