New Delhi: Keen on rapid industrialisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night pitched for highlighting dalit icon B R Ambedkar's vision on it with emphasis on the necessity to generate employment for the poor and deprived sections of society.
He was chairing a meeting of the National Committee for Celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar, which was attended by a number of ministers and other members.
He said greater awareness should be generated about Ambedkar's vision of India's industrialization and its necessity in order to generate employment for the poor and deprived sections of society, a PMO statement said.
The comments assume significance as Modi is keen to ensure rapid industrialisation of the country through his Make-in-India project but a number of reforms legislations are facing stiff resistance from opposition parties.
The Prime Minister said efforts should be made to raise even greater global awareness about Ambedkar and his great contributions for the welfare of society and humanity.
This could be accomplished through initiatives such as annual quiz competitions for school children, he added.
During the meeting, members gave their suggestions on how the celebration should be organized throughout the year.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Vilas Paswan, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Suresh Prabhu, Mahesh Sharma and Jual Oram attended the meeting.
Among other members, Charanjit Singh Atwal, Narendra Jadhav, Siddalingiah and Milind Kamble were present.
Government had decided in May to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of the dalit icon next year.