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Dear friends, in this context I would like to share with you, theexperiences of a billion plus people having the largest democracy in theworld with multi-cultural, multi-language and multi-religiousbackground with a vision to become a developed nation before the year2020. Yes, dear friends, on this occasion, I would like to share certainunique Indian experiences towards our attempt to provide inclusiveeconomic development for equitable societal transformation, so thatsome of these experiences could be relevant to Malaysia and also formany of the developing nations.
With this background, I would like toshare my thoughts on the topic “
Dynamics of SocietalTransformations
”. First let me talk to you about our vision for the billionpeople of India.
Vision for Billion
In India, out of the billion people, 700 million people live in therural areas in 600 thousand village equivalent to 200 thousandpanchayats. We are going through a major challenge of uplifting 220million people (22% of Indian Population). They need a decent habitat,they need work with reasonable income, they need food, they needspeedy access to health care, and they need education and finally they need a good life and hope for a better future. Our GDP is growing at morethan 9% per annum. Whereas, the economists suggest that to uplift the220 million people, our economy has to grow at the rate of 10% perannum consistently, for over a decade.
Integrated Action for developed India
: In order to achieve thevision 2020, we have identified five areas where India has a corecompetence for integrated action: (1) Agriculture and food processing (2)Education and Healthcare (3) Information and Communication Technology (4) Infrastructure: Reliable and Quality Electric power, Roadand Surface transport and necessary quality Infrastructure for all parts