Paying rich tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 142nd birth anniversary, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said one of Sardar’s great contributions was the creation of the Indian Administrative Service. Calling him a unifier of independent India, he said till today many contributions and teachings of Patel have been ignored and remain unrecognised.
“His vision for a unified India also saw the creation of the All India Administrative Service which he described as a steel frame. It was one of the great contributions he made to the country,” the vice president said at an event to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of India’s first home minister at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi.
Patel’s exhortations to probationers to maintain “utmost impartiality and incorruptibility in administration” were as relevant today as they were then, Naidu said.
“Earlier it was a mission, now some people have turned it into a commission giving remission and committing many omissions.”
Inaugurating a two-day national conference and an exhibition on ‘Making of a Gandhian Nationalist: Life and Times of Sardar Patel’, the Vice President said agriculture had been completely ignored post independence, contrary to Patel’s belief that it was the “basic culture of India”.
Agriculture and industry were like our eyes, both needing equal care, but the former had been treated unjustly, he said stressing that food security an important aspect in India.
People are leaving agriculture… a doctor wants his son to be a doctor, a teacher wants his son to be a teacher, a businessman wants his son to be a businessman, an actor wants his son to be an actor, even when the face is not good enough, and then thrusting them upon us, but a farmer does not want his son to be a farmer. This is because agriculture is not remunerative,” he said.
In a bid to rectify the situation, the Modi government was focusing on agriculture. “… by 2022, the aim of the government is to double the income of agriculturists,” he said.
Praising Patel’s monumental contribution and his legacy in unifying the country at its most critical juncture, Naidu asked youngsters to read and follow Patel’s life story and understand his contribution in building a modern, unified India.
“He needs to be remembered by every Indian as the country marches ahead as one of the largest economies in the world… His thoughts combined with parts of Mahatma Gandhi’s are eternal to India,” Vice President Naidu said.
(With inputs from PTI)