GDP does not Indicate Human Development: Varun Gandhi


Kochi; GDP does not indicate human development rate in the country and the inequality between the rich and poor is increasing, said Varun Gandhi MP.

He was speaking after presenting the Dr. Pradeep P Thevannoor Innovation Awards (Dr..PPTIA) at SCMS School of Engineering and Technology near here the other day.

”There were only a few billionaires in the country during early 80s. Now the number of billionaires has crossed 90. While a majority of the people of a city lives in slums and on the streets, one individual has built a house spending Rs. 5000 crore. Around 60 per cent of the resources and wealth in the country are being accumulated by 10 per cent of the population. No government can go ahead with acute economic inequality and economic growth simultaneously,’’ he said.

‘’Besides the communities, there should be leaders in Parliament who represent various sectors. A farmer should represent farmers in Parliament. Similarly, a doctor or engineer should represent their professional community,” he said.

Only innovative ideas in engineering can ensure sustainable development in the future, Varun Gandhi added.

Dr. P Venu, Convener, Dr. PPTIA; Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy of Kerala; Dr. Radha P Thevannoor, Group Director, SCMS; Navas Meeran, Chairman, Eastern Group and Prof. M Madhavan, Director, SSET also spoke on the occasion.

Madras Institute of Technology bagged the award at college level while SMV HSS, Poonjar secured the first position at school level competitions. Priyanka Shiralkav from BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli won the award for Promising Woman Innovator.

Varun Gandhi distributed the cash awards.