APJ Saw Singapore's Potential in Pondy

Kalam gave ‘10 commandments’ for sustained prosperity of UT

Published: 29th July 2015 04:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2015 04:58 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY:  As Puducherry joins the nation in paying homage to former President A P J Abdul Kalam, his vision of Puducherry as a developed city flashes through the minds of the people here. Puducherry, with its potential, could develop like Singapore, he said after  unveiling a plaque on the ‘Golden Jubilee of Freedom of Pondicherry’ in November 1, 2004.

“Puducherry has a spiritual atmosphere and an educational and economic infrastructure to accomplish the missions. What is needed is sustained hard work. Five lakh youth of Puducherry are the most powerful resource to realise the missions. A developed Puducherry will add strength to the prosperity of developed India,” he added.

Later, while addressing  a session of the Puducherry Legislative Assembly to mark the Golden Jubilee of Pondicherry defacto merger day on November 1, 2004, speaking  intermittently in Tamil and English, he placed before the Puducherry Legislators 10 ‘immediate missions’ for the sustained prosperity of the Union Territory. Accomplishing the mission would provide employment to one lakh people, said Kalam.

Among the key missions, which Kalam had, were -- Cent per cent literacy for all and healthcare through medical insurance; seven PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) clusters, three in Puducherry, two in Karaikal and one each in Mahe and Yanam; development of 20,000 acres of wasteland for producing 15,000 tonnes of biofuel (jatropha) annually; total self-sufficiency in dairy products, vegetables, fruits and poultry through intensive commercial agriculture; sustainable water resource management by arresting ingress of salinity and setting up of small desalination plants; development of Information Communication Technology to generate revenue of `500 crore; infrastructure to double tourist arrivals; aqua culture and deep-sea fishing that would lead to a target of `300 crore-business a year; and establishment of value-added garment industry with an export target of `1,000 crore.

Kalam’s association with Puducherry dates back to the times when he made his first visit to UT as the President to inaugurate Aravind Eye Hospital in February 2003 and interacted with students at Raj Nivas.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp