Naidu said that he was “very much pained” that Rajya Sabha has “not been able to transact business for the last two weeks”
He urged universities to become centres of excellence, saying the need of the hour was to “reform, perform and transform”.
Presenting Prime Minister Shram Awards, Venkaiah Naidu said the occasion was a celebration of real GDP —Growth Driving People — from which another GDP flows —Great Dedicated Persons —who are felicitated with Shram Awards.
Public Sector workers bagged 232 Awards while 106 Awards were bagged by Private Sector (PRS). Awards were also bagged by group of workmen together. Out of 338 Awardees twenty were Women and two were posthumously awarded.
Naidu asked the government and private sector to address the concerns, needs and aspirations of the work force by ensuring an appropriate ecosystem.
Naidu said, “There is freedom of speech, but it needs some regulations to protect the rights of others as well.”
The first indigenous art fair of its kind, organised by the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademi, the inauguration of International Kala Mela was done by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
The vice-president said social justice and inclusion were part of the genesis of independent India and “we couldn’t have had a really free nation with a sizable unfree population”.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the present government has recognised the importance of states in its foreign policy as well as security, trade and economic relations with the neighbouring countries.
A Facebook post by Hyderabad-based art curator Koeli Mukherjee Ghose accused the artist, Lekha Sabharwal, of copying the work of veteran artist Parameshwar Raju, and demanded that the works be taken down.
TDP MP Ramesh and couple of his party colleagues raised the issue of non-implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. They moved to the Well raising slogans even as Kurien asked them to take their seats.
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said leaders of several parties have “conveyed their anguish” to him “over how they are being deprived of their right to raise issue of concern to them as some parties strategise for disruptions leading to forced adjournments”. Naidu
Naidu said although the two had worked together and had an excellent relationship, he cannot call Rajnath Singh a friend since he is also the chairman of Rajya Sabha, and would not want to be accused of being partial to Singh.
Venkaiah Naidu also said pointed out that “Hindustan” is not associated with a religion as “Hinduism” is not a religion but a way of living.”
“It is important for doctors to return to the motherland to serve. We need to feel proud of our culture and our history,” Naidu said, addressing students during the Graduation Ceremony at Tata Memorial Hospital on Monday.