PM Modi says science is universal but, technology should be local

Amid budget cut, PM Modi says science is universal but, technology should be local
The prime minister was addressing a post-budget webinar on “Technology Enabled Development” in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that science is universal but technology should be local as he stressed that science and technology is not an isolated sector and is connected to every aspect of life. The prime minister was addressing a post-budget webinar on “Technology Enabled Development” in India.

The address comes against the backdrop of the Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month in which the Ministry of Science and Technology was allotted Rs 14,217 crore, a 3.9 per cent decrease from last fiscal.

“Science and technology is not an isolated sector as it is closely connected with the digital economy and is based on advanced technology, which is now focusing on fast delivery & empowering citizens,” the prime minister said adding that the government has focussed on optimum outcomes by ensuring a seamless implementation of this budget to benefit the masses.

He further added that the new initiatives taken by the government need to focus on self-reliance through technology. “The new initiatives that we are undertaking need to focus on self-reliance through technology. Budget 2022-23 has focused extensively on the sunrise sectors like Artificial Intelligence, geospatial systems, drones, semiconductors, genomics, space tech, clean tech among others,” Modi added.

Urging startups to identify innovative ways to handle E-waste, Modi said, “We should identify innovative ways to handle E-waste management methods with the help of technology to take forward our Swachh Bharat Mission. I urge startups to focus on finding innovative solutions for E-waste management, circular economy & electrical mobility.”

He ensured the startup industry that the government will help them at different stages, right from skill development to manufacturing for a seamless implementation. “The animation, visual effects, gaming, and comic (AVGC) sector offers immense potential to employ youth. We need to promote AVGC to build domestic capacity for serving our markets and the global demand,” the prime minister said.

The ministry has three departments – the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology, and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). An amount of Rs 6,000 crore was allocated to the Department of Science and Technology, Rs 2,581 crore to the Department of Biotechnology and Rs 5,636 crore have been allocated to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Overall, a 3.89 per cent decrease from 2021-22 in the budget allocation has been seen from 2021-22 when Rs 14,793 crore was allocated.

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