Hyderabad, Oct.3 : Governor Dr. TamilisaiSoundararajan said on Saturdaythat self-sufficiency of villages was vital for the livelihoods of the people andthe development of the nation.
She stated that we must all strive to ensure the all-round development ofvillages so as to make them self-sufficient in the true spirit of GramSwarajya as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi.
Addressing the valedictory of the 150th Mahatma Gandhi JayantiUtsav,organized by the Gramodaya Chamber of Commerce and Technology(GCOT), the Governor said self-sufficient villages would immenselycontribute to the AtmaNirbhar Bharat initiated by Prime Minister Narendra
Referring to the migration of people from rural to urban areas, Dr. TamilisaiSoundararajan said that had the villages were self-sufficient they would havebeen able to ensure the livelihoods of all the sections and the migrationwould not have been there on such a scale.
The Governor pointed out initiatives like Swachh Bharat, AtmaNirbharBharat, National Educational Policy and the recent agricultural legislationswere aimed at fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi’s vision and ideals.
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had always insisted on cleanliness bysaying that cleanliness was next only to godliness and at the same timecalled for the experiential learning in education. These two visions are beingfulfilled through Swachh Bharat and National Educational Policy-2020respectively.
As stated by Mahatma Gandhi, who said that India lives in its villages, theGovernor exhorted the people to join hands in strengthening the villageeconomy and agriculture so as to ensure sustainable livelihoods.
The Governor appreciated the efforts of Gramodaya Chamber of Commerceand Technology, which was started by alumni of Osmania University, fortheir efforts in the field of rural development.
GCOT functionaries A. Shyam Mohan, MereddyShyam Prasad Reddy, Dr. B.Pratap Reddy, Delhi Vasanth, Dr. G. RameshwarRao, P. Ram Reddy,RamchanderPulijala, Prasad RaoPasam, S. Ravinder, SravanMadap andRaju VK were among those who were present in the virtual meeting. (NSS)