Delhi Greens wishes all its readers a Happy and more hopeful Independence Day! The Nation today is going through a slow and steady transformation, one that we all should feel lucky to be witnessing. There are going to be challenges and indeed there really are, but let us hope we shall overcome all these and that each one of us will contribute in ensuring an overall development of India, while ensuring that every development process respects ‘our common environment’ and is sustainable.
Our two heads-of-the-State, President of India, H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh discussed some of these issues in their speeches on the occassion of India’s 65th Independence Day. The President highlighted, among other issues, the issue of ensuring food security especially in terms of storage and management of our food resources. This is critical looking at the amount of food that rots in our godowns each year. H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil said,
“…At the same time, warehousing and cold storage facilities for agricultural produce in the country require to be augmented. Decentralized warehousing will make food distribution not only easier and quicker, but it would be a low cost option that also cuts on wastage during transportation. I have on several occasions called on the corporate sector, as well as small and medium enterprises to seriously engage with agriculturists and farmers, particularly in the rainfed areas, to avail of the many opportunities of working together for mutual benefit.”
The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, while facing the huge challenge of tackling and weeding out large-scale corruption did also recall in his speech, the need to protect our environment, while we still can. Speaking on the need to preserving and conserving all that sustains us, the Prime Minster said,
“Preserving our environment even as we develop rapidly is a huge challenge for us. Climate change poses a threat to both our development processes and our natural resources. We have established eight missions on climate change and are working hard to implement these missions. We have set up the National Ganga River Basin Authority for the protection and cleaning of River Ganga. We have also established the National Green Tribunal for quick disposal of cases involving environmental issues.”
Today, as the nation faces issues of skewed development, corruption and lack of good governance, there is an urgent need for good leaders from among the youth. An even more pressing need is that of inspiration from the true leaders who worked for a unified and more powerful India. We hope the spirit of the Independence Day will ignite the flames of freedom from corruption and bad governance, for an overall and sustainable development of the country at large! Happy Independence Day!