In his address, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of Participative Governance to the participants of the Smart India Hackathon-2018. He expressed his utmost hope in youngsters and urged then to contribute towards achieving the vision of New India. "I never miss any opportunity to interact with Young Professionals, Young CEO's, Young Scientists and Young Bureaucrats" ,he said.
The Prime Minister expressed his happiness over the increase in the number of participants in the hackathon as compared to the hackathon last year. "I am told that most of the projects undertaking during the previous hackathon have been completed", he added.
The Prime Minster laid emphasis on innovation and gave the mantra of IPPP i.e. Innovate, Patent, Produce and Prosper. "These four steps will lead our country towards faster development, for that we will have to innovate and turn our innovations in patents, making our production smoother and taking products speedily to the people will make them prosper ", he said. "But we must look for 'need based innovations' not greed based innovations'" he added.
During his address, the Prime Minister cited an example to highlight how Make in India has become a brand and is now being popular across the World. He told that four years ago there were only two manufacturing units of mobile phones in India whereas today around 120 factories are operating in the country.
The Prime Minister urged the participants to explore the possibility of Multiple Sector Hackathons like Health-Hackathon, Law-Hackathon, Architecture-Hackathon, Agriculture-Hackathon and Rural Hackathon. "We need innovative agriculturists, engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, managers for these Hackathon. Such Hackathons will provide a platform to budding talents", he emphasised. He also shared his experience of real time monitoring of development projects through PRAGATI meetings, with the audience.
During the Grand Finale program, the Prime Minister also interacted with the participants of Smart India Hackathon across various centres.
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