Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Centennial Summit 2020 of Rotary India in Kolkata on Sunday. Photo/ANI
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Centennial Summit 2020 of Rotary India in Kolkata on Sunday. Photo/ANI

Terrorism is common enemy of humanity, peace, development: VP

ANI | Updated: Feb 16, 2020 18:42 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb 16 (ANI): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said terrorism is the common enemy of humanity, peace and development.
Addressing the centennial celebrations of Rotary International in India here today, he said: "Peace is a prerequisite to development. Everyone should work to curb the menace of terrorism."
He also called upon the civil society all over the world to collaborate and create a global consensus on platforms such as the UN for a strong policy framework against all forms of terrorism.
The Vice President stressed that India believes in peaceful coexistence and wants peace with all its neighbours. He appealed to all countries to come together to eradicate illiteracy and poverty from the world.
"NGOs should take lead in the poverty eradication and socio-economic empowerment of the marginalised sections of the society," he added.
Highlighting that more than 60 per cent of Indians still live in villages, the Vice President said that focus on strengthening the rural economy is needed.
"Lack of basic amenities and employment opportunities in rural areas are causing forced migration. We should seriously work towards bridging this rural-urban divide," he said.
Expressing concerns over the declining interest among youth to take up agriculture as a profession, Naidu asked organisations like Rotary to train and skills the youngsters to become agri-entrepreneurs.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, Minister for Science and Technology and Biotechnology Bratya Basu were among the 4,000 delegates from 32 countries present at the event. (ANI)

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