GDP growth is not the sole indicator for a country’s progress
The Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the youth to create opportunities out of the challenges posed by COVID. He suggested them to identify new needs and necessities created by the pandemic and take advantage of them.
Addressing the gathering after presentation of certificates to the trainees at Swarna Bharat Trust, Vijayawada, the Vice President underlined that while the pandemic has impacted many sectors, it has opened avenues in many others.
Noting that more than 65 percent of the population is under the age of 35, Shri Naidu reiterated that if we could equip them with requisite skills, youth and women can become key partners in accelerating our nation’s growth. In this regard, he recalled various efforts of the State and Central governments to up-skill the youth and called for intensification of these programmes. Emphasising that skilling must be in tune with the 21st century needs, the Vice President also called for private participation in this field.
Stressing that the GDP growth is not the sole indicator for a country’s progress, Shri Naidu said that people’s empowerment is the real progress. He also emphasised that we must invest and formulate policies with long term benefits rather than focusing on short term gains. Talking about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Vice President observed that health is much more important than wealth and pandemic has proved this once again. Noting that the death rate in India is far less compared to other countries, Shri Naidu called for adoption of a healthy and natural lifestyle and to continue it even after the pandemic.
While distributing the certificates to trainees on completion of their courses, Shri Naidu appreciated the students who have utilized the online learning tools well during the lockdown period. He also commended the efforts of Swarna Bharat Trust for empowering women and youth through skill development and helping the needy during the lockdown period. The event was attended by trainees and staff of Swarna Bharat Trust, Vijayawada.