Observing that poverty,illiteracy and social evils like discrimination against women are continuing in the country even after 70 years of Independence, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said a change in mindset is required to eradicate social ills like poverty and illiteracy.
“70 years after Independence, still 25 per cent are below the poverty line. Illiteracy is there. Discrimination against women is still being shown in some places. Untouchability is still there in some places,” the Vice President said.
He said, “We need to make people aware and think. This is not the work of politicians alone. Others should also do”.
The Vice President also stressed on the importance of inclusive growth, making all citizens feel that they are partners in progress. He was speaking at the distribution of certificates to trainees of a skill development course at the Swarna Bharat Trust in Hyderabad on Friday.
Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said the youth can achieve wonders if they are put on the right path and given encouragement. A statue of Swami Vivekananda was unveiled in the premises of Swarna Bharat Trust.
Observing that it is not possible for governments to provide jobs to all, he said the youth should try to become entrepreneurs so that they can employ themselves and also provide employment to all.
Naidu said he would like to extensively tour the country, visiting IITs, IIMS, universities and other educational and research institutions to reach out to the youth and motivate them to work towards constructive goals.