President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a Summit on ‘Livelihood Security: Realising the vision for 1.3 billion Indians’ organised by Assocham in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said, “There is a compelling need to provide livelihood security to those in the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder. Additionally, there is a binding obligation to realise the dreams of the aspirational generation of young Indians.” At the meet he anticipated an appraisal of issues concerning livelihood security and expects solutions that will guide policy makers.
The President said that livelihood security is incomplete without the provision of social security. To make a decisive change in the livelihood security of Indians, the challenges are many and time limited. But he was certain that with the combined efforts of all stakeholders – government, industry, non-governmental agencies and the community at large – we will be able to extend to our countrymen enormous livelihood prospects. “The industry can create mechanisms for income opportunities and capacity building under CSR initiatives mandated by the Companies Act of 2013,” he added.
He expressed hope that the summit would discuss issues threadbare and make recommendations in the right perspective.