President Pratibha Patil recently called on the government to stimulate Green Revolution the second time round so that all of India's growing population will be assured of food security.
Speaking on the occasion of birth centenary celebrations of Siddaganga Math pontiff Dr. Shiv Kumar Swamiji at Tumkur, she called upon the scientists and researchers to find ways to augment agricultural productivity.
President Patil recalled the yeomen services of centenarian Dr. Shiv Kumar Swamiji in providing food shelter and education to save thousands of children from underprivileged families for several decades.
The President also applauded the contribution of Swamiji in starting 45 educational institutions all over the country.
She advocated a fresh look by the government at the population policy, citing China's example.
"As China has stabilised its population, it is expected that we will surpass the population of China. Therefore, we may need to look at our population policy. To feed this population, steps must be taken to ensure that food availability is increased and that can only happen if food production and productivity are augmented," she said.
"Productivity can be enhanced by making available to our farmers better seeds, necessary irrigation facilities and marketing linkages. Scientists must constantly work with farmers to acquaint them with better agricultural practices and at the same time our research efforts in the field of agriculture must continue," she added.
"We need to have another Green Revolution, which will be an ever green revolution where agricultural production would be on a continuous upward curve," Patil said.
"In rural areas, health and education facilities are limited. It is important to create awareness among the people on various socio- economic issues. I would urge social workers to create awareness amongst the population living in rural areas, to extend them support in capacity building and to guide them about the various Government schemes designed for their welfare," she added.