(GKVK, Bengaluru), January 03, 2020
Good Morning Everybody!
-It is an honour and privilege to the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore to hold this highly prestigious 107th Indian Science Congress.
-On behalf of Government of Karnataka I extend warm welcome to you all to Bengaluru./p>
-I hope you have a pleasant stay here.
-This year’s focal theme is “Science & Technology : Rural Development” This theme reminds us of the fact that we have to utilize the resources available with extraordinary care keeping in mind the future generations.
-Because, the resources are finite we cannot pretend they last forever.
-With this awareness technology intervention was contemplated to promote rural economy.
-Our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has set a target to “double’ farmers’ income by 2022.
-Our Government in the State is also focusing on this Mission of Hon’ble Prime Minister.
-Karnataka has been the hub of Science and Technology.
-On this occasion, I would like to mention that, Karnataka was one of the first States to establish S&T Council in the country to pro-actively engage itself to identify, propose and implement Science and Technology based solutions to local specific needs of the State, particularly for the rural population.
-One of the applications of science and technology in the State is the use of geospatial technologies in planning, decision-making, governance as well as in addressing developmental issues in a more scientific and systematic manner.
-Value addition to the crops grown, packaging, preserving the crops and agriculture products are some of the areas which can make big difference in the lives of farmers, who make the big chunk of rural population.
-Apart from this, providing basic facilities like electricity, connectivity, healthcare services, education to the remote areas are some of the challenges that could be addressed by science and technology to a great extent.
-I hope the deliberations in this event would focus on making difference in the lives of rural India, both socially and economically.
-Government of Karnataka is also keen on the outcome of this event, which could be implemented for the betterment of the rural Karnataka.
-I am sure, you will carry good memories of this extraordinary Science Congress.
-I wish this Science Congress a great success.
-Thank You All.
-Jai Hind! Jai Karnataka!