Start-ups culture can solve farmers’ issues: Nandan Nilekani

Former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has suggested that start-ups can be used to help farmers in distress

GN Bureau | April 4, 2016


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We need to find out a way for incorporating farmers into the industrial sector, said Nandan Nilekani, at a talk show hosted by NDTV on Sunday. He was responding to a query from a student who wanted to know whether Make in India campaign, led by the Modi government, can tackle the crisis faced by the agriculture sector today.

Nilekani said that what India faces today is the lack of education, without which “jobs are not possible”. The question, he said, is how can we include farmers into the fabric of the growing economy and then quickly added that the answer lies in the long term solution that cannot be achieved in 20-minute talk shows.

The government must focus on the long term solution to bring a change and start-ups are the way forward, he stressed.

The death toll of farmers’ suicide in India stood at 3,228 in December 2015, showed government data.

Nilekani also commended Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for taking a stern stand in favour of net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the future and it is a good sign that the issue was argued in passion in India, he said.

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