A strong rural economy is essential for self-sufficiency: Nitin Gadkari: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Sonepat, June 2

Union Roads, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday focused on boosting agriculture-based rural economy and said it was necessary for self-reliant India .

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“For this, students must do research and use the latest technologies,” he added.

Gadkari was addressing students at the first convocation ceremony of the World University of Design (WUD) at Rajiv Gandhi Education City here.

In awarding degrees to students, he said 22% of people depend on manufacturing, 50-56% on service sectors and only 12% on agriculture, which also supports 55% of the population. Therefore, it is important to strengthen the agricultural sector and WUD students should make their valuable contribution to it, the minister added.

Gadkari also encouraged students to become job givers rather than job seekers, for which they should embrace entrepreneurship and develop their decision-making capacity.

He added that they were making special efforts to remove dirt from the Yamuna. “Efforts have been made to purify 40 rivers at a cost of Rs 28,000 crore. It is planned to facilitate river travel from Sonepat to Delhi, Mathura, Agra, Etawah, Prayagraj, Allahabad and beyond. It is also planned to land a plane on the Yamuna, from where one can travel anywhere. A sea and river port will be built on the airport lines,” he added.

The Union Minister also encouraged people to use waste. He had done it in his town and earned Rs 300 crore selling the dirty toilet water, he added. The industrial units of Sonepat and Panipat are also very water-intensive, he added.

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