Tech must raise living standards : Minister

Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan stated that India has the potential to lead the world in Science & Technology.

Addressing a conference of CSIR at Dehradun he said that 21st century belongs to India. Science & Technology should develop suitable technologies for bringing improvements in living conditions of common man.

He stressed the need to align world-class infrastructure and brain power of scientists to contribute to Swachh Bharat and other schemes for welfare of the poor. Vardhan said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants scientists to come forward to resolve challenges.

Scientists must conduct brainstorming sessions for identifying projects for welfare of poor. The Director General CSIR M.O. Garg and directors from CSIR Institutes made presentations and discussed upcoming projects.

Pradeep Kumar Sinha, an IAS officer of 1977 batch, UP cadre, today assumed charge as Cabinet Secretary. He takes over from Ajit Kumar Seth. Sinha was earlier OSD in the Cabinet Secretariat. He has served in different capacities in the Government of India as well as in the States.

One of the senior most IAS officers and  an outspoken officer earlier he served as power secretary, shipping secretary and held other important positions in the Union government and UP.  He is said to be an energy expert. He also worked in the oil ministry.  The low-profile officer has been engaged in speeding up reforms in the power sector.

The Cabinet Secretariat is under the direct charge of the Prime Minister. The administrative head of the secretariat is the cabinet secretary who is also the ex-officio chairman of the civil services board.

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