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Modi govt’s initiatives are over ambitious: Sam Pitroda

Rajesh Kurup Mumbai | Updated on April 07, 2019 Published on April 07, 2019

Congress advisor Sam Pitroda addresses media in Mumbai.   -  BusinessLine

Emphasises on creating jobs within the agricultural food chain

India’s main concern is employment and the country needs lot more jobs for its young population, while many of Modi Government’s initiatives were over “ambitious”, according to Congress advisor Sam Pitroda.

“My main concern is employment. We have not delivered on employment, especially for a country with so many young people, we need lot many more jobs,” Pitroda said, adding, the country has the potential to create job within the agricultural food chain.

“So I think we have a serious crisis, we have a crisis of job, we have a crisis with farmers, we have a crisis with safety and security of women, we have a crisis in education, we have crises all over,” he added.

Pitroda, who is also the Chairman of the overseas wing of Congress, doesn’t believe that India has “accomplished” anything on initiatives such as the Smart City Mission and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among others.

“Some of these were over ambitious targets. Let’s take 100 smart cities, just for an example. It’s hard to build a smart city without huge amounts of capital and technology.”

“You need billions and billions to build technology for smart cities. What we really need is happier cities, cleaner cities, cities where air pollution is minimised, cities where education is better. So I think some of these buzzwords were put in without really giving any thought to it,” he said.

On cyber security

Pitroda, who headed a group called Public Information Infrastructure during Manmohan Singh’s tenure as prime minister with a focus to create Information Technology infrastructure, was also of opinion that cyber security is a “big issue”.

“In cyber security we need to build the world's largest police force and that’s a job creation,” he said, adding India has the right talent.

He also said that this is one of the most important elections which will change the real destiny of India.

Rahul capable leader

Pitroda was also of opinion that Rahul Gandhi is capable of being a leader and is the right man to lead the country.

“He is capable, he is smart, he is highly educated and has a heart in the right place, he’s analytical and he is been able to rise in spite of all these attacks on him for the last 15 years.”

“He is at the right age, at the right time and he would be a good leader,” he emphasised.

Published on April 07, 2019

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