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Kalam advocated ‘integrated response’ to the problems

Posted on: July 27, 2016

Former President of India Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A P J) Abdul Kalam, who expired this day last year, felt India could meet the people’s aspirations only through an ‘integrated response’ to the problems. He said that had been impressed by the ‘integrated response’ to the problems that he had witnessed in Dubai.

He said: ‘When I visited Dubai, I met the Ruler of Dubai. He told me that Dubai is planning to increase tourist arrivals by five folds.

‘Once this decision was taken, I found, that the aviation minister was planning for a new airport and also new types of aircraft needed for attracting tourists. The surface transport minister was planning a number of additional road lanes required on highways. The works ministry was planning the increase in hotel accommodations so that tourists could get bookings without being disappointed. The health ministry had a road map for waste management and a plan for providing additional clean water.’

Kalam said that this was the type of integrated response that he found in the whole government to fulfil the national objective. ‘We have to take the message coming out of this experience and plan for multiple requirements simultaneously for promoting tourism in our country’, he added.

Kalam recalled his experience while addressing the Madhya Pradesh legislators in Bhopal on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Assembly.

Addressing a seminar on alternative strategies of development at RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration and Management at Bhopal, he said: ‘Recent experiences indicate that the economic progress of a few countries particularly the developed countries is due to the contribution of large number of small entrepreneurs employing less than 50 persons in their establishments. We need such entrepreneurs in large numbers in our country for developing and transforming our village clusters into sustainable economic units.’

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