President stresses on poverty eradication
President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said that to achieve truly sustainable growth, poverty eradication is of utmost importance.
The President Friday inaugurated the 27th Indian Engineering Congress on the theme 'Engineering for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth: Vision 2025' at Vigyan Bhavan here.
He said that poverty and a degraded environment are closely interrelated, especially where people depend for their livelihoods primarily on the natural resource base of their immediate environment.
Removal of poverty is, therefore, a prerequisite for the protection of the environment, he said.
He stated that appropriate climate-responsive technologies are, accordingly, required to provide relief to the economically weaker sections of society.
Mukherjee said mechanisms must be put in place to make available to developing countries the latest technologies at reasonable cost.
Technology transfer must be informed by an understanding of its implications in the social, economic and environmental contexts of the recipient societies, he said.
However, he added that where possible, existing local technologies must be upgraded and adapted to make them more efficient and useful.