INC India :
Statement Issued by Sh. Jairam Ramesh, MP and General Secretary
In-Charge, Communications, AICC
20 August, 2022
Today is the 78 birth anniversary of Shri Rajiv Gandhi.
His single term as Prime Minister will be remembered for numerous
landmark and far-reaching achievements of which six stand out for his
personal drive, commitment and leadership.
First, he deepened the foundations of the IT revolution that has
transformed India. He ushered the country into the computer, telecom
and software development era. He launched technology missions for
addressing societal challenges that have, for example, made India a
world-leader in vaccine production and made the country polio-free.
Second, he led the way personally in ensuring that Panchayats and
Nagarpalikas were accorded Constitutional status with one-third
reservation for women and emerged as effective institutions of self-
government. The fact that there are now 14 lakh women elected to such
institutions is a tribute to his determination.
Third, he crafted accords that brought peace and development back to
troubled regions of the country like Assam, Punjab, Mizoram and
Fourth, he ensured that 18-year olds have the right to vote, opened a
new future to youth by establishing the network of Navodaya
Vidyalayas in all districts and had Swami Vivekananda’s birthday
declared as National Youth Day.
Fifth, he launched the Project Clean Ganga and the national wasteland
development programme and was responsible for a comprehensive law
to protect the environment. Simultaneously, the process of liberalization
was initiated which paved the way for the 1991 economic reforms that
were anchored in the Congress manifesto that bore his imprint.
Sixth, he took significant initiatives to resolve our long-standing issues
with China & Pakistan and submitted to the UN an action plan for
universal and complete nuclear disarmament
The Indian National Congress salutes this brave son of India and
rededicates itself to the ideals he stood for, the principles he upheld, the
values he cherished and the causes he championed.