Those adopting developmental politics will be re-elected:Kalam

HYDERABAD, June 20:  Former President APJ Kalam today said that people focussing on “developmental politics” in the country would get elected again in 2014.

“According to me, politics has got two components — one is political politics and another is developmental politics. In our country political politics is done 70 per cent and 30 per cent is developmental politics and actually it (such trend) should get reversed.

Few states are doing developmental politics and again and again they are getting elected. So probably…In the general elections, we may see a trend that the people who are doing developmental politics they will get elected,” Kalam said.

He was replying to questions after participating in the convocation ceremony of the 92nd degree engineering course and the 19th technical entry scheme course (B Tech Programme) conducted by the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME) here.

Reacting to another query, Kalam stressed on the need for making reforms in primary education with creative classrooms, creative teachers and creative syllabus.

“Our education should not create employment seekers but employment generators and the educational institutions should focus on skill expertise,” he suggested.

On the dream of making India an economic developed nation by 2020, Kalam said “Our GDP has come down to 4.55 per cent from 9 per cent in 2008 due to financial crisis in US and European countries. We have got another seven years to go but still it is possible because we have got one of the greatest power of 600 million youth and with the facilities available if we work hard and if we make the GDP growth to 9 and above in next few years definitely the country can be made developed economy.”

Replying to another query on the country becoming self reliant in military hardware, the former President said, “50 per cent of defence equipments is imported in armed forces as of now. However, it is possible to make the indigenisation level in military hardware to 75 per cent in next 10-years from the present 50 per cent.” (PTI)