Hyderabad: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijeju said that peace and security must prevail if any country has to progress and develop.
Rijeju, who was the chief guest at the Youth Convention organized by National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) Sangathan, said that India cannot remain a developing country for very long and the time is right now for the country to progress.
He said that 65% of the country population today is around 35 year of age and hence poised to take on challenges and take the country forward. India must become rich, before becoming old, he said.
Rijeju further said that a robust security system need to be in place to face various challenges be it cross border terrorism, drug trafficking, counterfeiting or any other problem. The Centre is always underlining the need for sharing of intelligence between countries to efficiently counter terrorism and other threat at every international forum, he said.
He said money and position should not be used as measure of success of an individual and advised the youth to achieve success searching for meaningful employment and contribute to national development. That is the reason Prime Minister Modi’s Government is giving importance to develop in skilled labour, he added.
Rijeju said that unequal development has led to a situation, where a dignified way of life is within the reach of very less number of people. Citizen must lead a meaningful and contented life to reverse this situation, he said.
The Minister said that the center was devising citizen centric programmes and intends to make every citizen happy. Referring to PM’s call for Swachha Bharat, he said people must develop strong civic sense and lead responsible lives.
It is incumbent on all of us to keep our surroundings clean, he said. He asserted that the Centre was prompt in helping the states, be it floods or violence or any other eventuality.
Earlier, the Vice Chairman of NYK Sangathan Shekhar Rao welcomed the Minister. The Minister also answered questions fielded by students on various issues. (INN)