President Pranab Mukherjee attended the Essel Group's 90 years celebrations as the Chief Guest in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the event.
Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Essel group on completion of its 90 years and on the launch of new initiatives such as WION-World is One News, Sarthi- an initiative of becoming a bridge between the government and masses and DSC Foundation. He appreciated the spirit of the celebrations i.e. ‘Young at 90'.
He said that one should always remain young and look at issues with fresh new perspectives.
He said that unlike 90 years ago, the situation in the world is very different today. Information Technology and communication has brought about major changes. Although technology always has a disruptive impact but if society is ready to accept challenges, it can utilize it well.
He said that thanks to our ingenuity and ability we have absorbed and advanced technology.
The President said that media has a far reaching impact and influence on people. Today indeed the world is one. He said that while facts and news remain one, views may be different. It is important to maintain objectivity and truthfulness in news. Media must take note of the positive things taking place in day to day life.
Speaking about such positive things he mentioned that during the Annual National Innovation Festival at Rashtrapati Bhavan many young innovators display solutions to daily problems of life.
The President said that in the next ten years the Essel Group would be organizing its centenary celebrations. He said that they should remain young even at 100, remain young forever.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the 90 years celebrations of the Essel Group in New Delhi.
Welcoming the Prime Minister, Chairman of the Essel Group Shri Subhash Chandra thanked him for graciously accepting the invitation for this event. He explained Essel Group’s recent social initiatives on themes such as water supply, power supply, Swachh Bharat and Affordable Housing.
Two social initiatives were launched by the Prime Minister on the occasion. These include Sarthi – a people’s empowerment programme on subjects such as education, health and employment; and the DSC Foundation with a corpus of Rs. 5000 crore, to empower people in need.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister described the programme as an illustration of Indian traditions.
He said that India has had a tradition where successive generations take family values forward, and contribute to the family by adding their capacities and capabilities.
He recalled his earlier meetings with Nandkishore Goenka and said the family has always been open to new ideas, and has taken every challenge as an opportunity, to create a presence in a range of initiatives from “soil to satellite.”
Appreciating the social initiatives of the Essel Group, the Prime Minister said that the Swachh Bharat Mission provides opportunities for a large number of social entrepreneurs to emerge. He said that while “Sarthi” presented a good blend of rights and duties, the DSC Foundation would help build a large number of job creators.
The Prime Minister urged everyone present to work towards specific goals for what they could do for the country by 2022 – the 75th anniversary of independence.