Kerala”s social harmony under stress; new development strategy

Kerala”s social harmony under stress; new development strategy

needed, says Sonia Gandhi
Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 2 (PTI) Kerala”s social harmony
and amity have come under stress and strain, Congress
President Sonia Gandhi said on Tuesday as she advocated for a
new development strategy for strengthening the bonds of
brotherhood among people and overall development of the
southern state.
“Kerala has been a lesson to other parts of the country
and indeed the world on how to preserve and promote social
harmony and amity.
“This has come under stress and strain and future
development strategy must have, as one of its basic
objectives, the strengthening of the bonds of brotherhood (and
sisterhood) that have been the hallmarks of Kerala”s
wonderfully diverse society,” Gandhi said in a message to a
virtual summit organised by Rajiv Gandhi Institute of
Development Studies (RGIDS) here.
RGIDS is an economic think tank aligned to the Congress
ideology, in the poll-bound state.
The summit, Pratheeksha 2030, is the culmination of the
RGIDSs elaborate and extensive consultations in India and
abroad to prepare an action plan for Keralas development over
the next decade.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurated the
summit.
Referring to the much talked about Kerala Model of
Development, Gandhi said today the state faces new,
unprecedented challenges and it has been accentuated by
COVID-19 pandemic and called for fresh thinking on economic
growth and social security in the southern state.
“It”s clearly time for fresh thinking on economic growth
that will revive investments, create productive jobs, protect
the environment, build resilience to climate change, mitigate
natural disasters, enhance social security for organized and
unorganized labor and improve, the well-being of farmers and
their families”, she said in the message read out in the
summit.
The Congress president said over the past six decades and
more the Kerala Model of Development has resulted in many
impressive achievements for the state in areas like public
health, education and literacy, gender empowerment and social
justice.
But Kerala faces new, and I may so, unprecedented
challenges.
“These challenges have been accentuated by the crisis the
entire world has had to confront due to Covid-19 pandemic that
has still not run its course”, she said.
Hailing the summit, Gandhi said these consultations have
resulted in the preparation of a Vision Document that is being
released today.
“Actually, this not just a Vision Document; its also a
Mission Document that presents a detailed road map for
fulfilling the aspirations of the people of the state”, she
said and congratulated the RGIDS team headed by senior
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and director B S Shiju that
has “worked so hard” on this initiative.
“All I wish to add is that the Indian National Congress
will soon, by winning the trust and confidence of the people
of the state, begin implementing the Vision/Mission Document
in letter and spirit,” she said. PTI TGB
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