People left behind –


Fourth convocation ceremony of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM) at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh Addressing, President Draupadi Murmu said that it is expected from the students of higher education that they should also think about the people left behind in the journey of development, because by helping others, their own abilities also develop. In support of his statement, he said that this is also his own experience. Students should help the underprivileged class. While giving life mantra to the students like a guru, he said that the path on which we are moving forward should also be examined from time to time. Maybe after a few years we realize that the path we are on is not right for us, so don’t hold back in taking a decision. He said that it is clear in the National Education Policy that students should join traditions and along with this adopt technology.

The call given by President Draupadi Murmu to the girl students pursuing higher education has a lot of strength and is equally relevant. Even today crores of people in the country have lagged far behind in the journey of development, although the United Nations report on poverty in India is going to give some relief. The report states that during the last 15 years, 41.5 crore Indians came out of the poverty line. The UN has praised India, saying that the world’s most populous country has performed very well on the poverty alleviation front. This report of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has been released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford. The UN report states that 25 countries in the world, including India, have successfully halved their global MPI values ​​from 2005-2006 to 2019-2021. This shows that these countries have made rapid progress. According to the UN report, in April this year, India’s population has surpassed China to reach 142.86 crore, which is the highest in the world. There were 55.1 percent poor in India in 2005-06, which decreased to 16.4 percent in 2019-2021. That is, the number of poor in the country was 64.5 crore in 2005-06, which decreased to 37 crore in 2015-16 and 23 crore in 2019-21. According to the report, the number of deprived of nutritious food among the poor has decreased from 44.3 percent in 2005-06 to 11.8 percent in 2019-21. Apart from this, the infant mortality rate decreased from 4.5 to 1.5 percent. Similarly, the number of poor who could not cook due to lack of fuel reduced from 52.9 per cent to 13.9 per cent. The number of people deprived of sanitation decreased from 50.4 percent to 11.3 percent, the number of people deprived of drinking water decreased from 16.4 percent to 2.7 percent. The number of those without electricity decreased from 29 percent to 2.1 percent and those without housing decreased from 44.9 percent to 13.6 percent.

India, which has overtaken China in terms of population in the world, will be able to be called a developed country in the true sense only when the crores of people who have lagged behind in the journey of India’s development are able to meet the other basic needs of life along with food, clothing and housing. The educated and prosperous people of the country will consider those people as their own and will hold their hands and will share in their sorrows and happiness.

– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor, Dainik Uttam Hindu)

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