To put people first, the Indian government leaves no stone unturned. From the modernization of the agricultural sector to the digital revolution, it affects all aspects of life. This creates more opportunities for young people.
The young generation of India is the future leader and nation builder of the country. In this logic, particular emphasis has been placed on the various aspects related to education in the general budget. These include access to quality education for all and the promotion of institutions with high international standards.
India’s thinking is to overhaul the education system by equipping itself with a modern educational system in the current decade, for which many announcements have been made in the general budget. Efforts have been made to provide better education to the poor, Dalits, backwards and tribes, with particular emphasis on rural India through such stages as e-vidya, a first-class channel, digital laboratories and digital universities.
The National Digital University is a noble and astute step in the Indian education system. Lack of university places has been a stumbling block, but this initiative will revolutionize academia by preparing young people for current and future learning and relearning needs through a world-class digital university. Because of the importance of education in the native language, medical and technical education in the local language has begun in many states.
In the budget, announcements were made for the establishment of an e-portal and digital skills lab on the Digital Ecosystem for Skills and Livelihoods (DESH STACK) to equip young people with relevant skills to the post-COVID situation and to achieve the goal of a self-sufficient India.
Tourism, drones, cartoons and defense products will all benefit from this initiative. In a meeting with education stakeholders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of collaboration to deliver high quality education in rural areas and promote new ideas.
Highlighting the improvement in the agricultural condition of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We also need to increase this awareness among farmers so that they have the soil of their fields tested every one or two years. They will acquire scientific knowledge regarding the use of pesticides and fertilizers for different crops. You should know that our young scientists have developed nano-fertilizers. This will change things. Our business world also has a lot of potential in this area.
Increasing farmers’ incomes, reducing farming costs and providing farmers with modern facilities from seed to market are among the current priorities of the central government. Over the past seven years, many new measures have been taken to boost agriculture in the country. In just six years, the budget for agriculture has increased several times and agricultural loans to farmers have increased 2.5 times in seven years. During the hard times of COVID, 3 million smallholder farmers received Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) through a special campaign.
The SVAMITVA program linked to land counting, digitization of land registers, UID PIN aims to promote the progress of villages. A target of 80 lakh new houses has been set in this budget to ensure that every family has their own pucca house. Homes using new technologies, such as headlights, are being built in six cities across the country. A target of around 4 crore new connections has been set in this budget under the Jal Jeevan mission.
Calling broadband in villages the need of the day, the Prime Minister said it would not only boost digital connectivity but also create a huge workforce of skilled young people. With this, a start has been made to integrate all post offices into the central banking system, so that the Jan Dhan Yojana launched for financial inclusion can be reached to 100% of the population.
Financial inclusion has made it possible to make women partners in economic activities, so the initiative of the central government is to encourage the creation of more and more start-ups in rural areas, in which the role of the private sector is important.
The Prime Minister told all stakeholders that Krishi Vigyan Kendras and agricultural universities will have to pull together with all their might to bring the benefits of natural agriculture to the people. He asked Kisan Vikas Kendras to adopt one village each.
Furthermore, he urged universities to aim to introduce 100 or 500 farmers to natural farming in the next year. He said that nowadays another trend is visible in our middle and upper class families. It is often seen that up to 221 things have reached their dining table.
Many protein and calcium products are now on their dining tables. Many of these products come from overseas and don’t even match the Indian taste. All these products are available here that our farmers produce, but have not been able to present in the right way and market them. Therefore, an attempt should be made to prioritize “Vocal for Local” as well.