The President of India, Shri Pranab
Mukherjee inaugurated the Twenty-seventh Indian Engineering Congress on
the theme ‘Engineering for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth:
Vision 2025’ today (December 14, 2012) at Vigyan Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said to achieve truly
sustainable growth, poverty eradication is of utmost importance. He said
that poverty and a degraded environment are closely inter-related,
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.
The President 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.