New Delhi. Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday that the Central Vista project will not only save money, but it will also lead to better coordination between administration and production. He mentioned that various ministries are currently paying thousands of crores of rupees for rented premises. Inaugurating the new state-of-the-art building for the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) here at the Technology Bhawan campus, Singh said that for better and cost-effective results, not only in work, but also at workplaces. Information sharing is required.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology, referring to the Prime Minister’s vision of the Central Vista project, Singh said that even after 74 years of independence, there is no Central Secretariat in the country and the premises are rented out by various ministries and its Thousands of crore rupees are given for rent. Singh said that the Central Vista project will not only save money, but also create better coordination between administration and production. In this context, he cited the example of ‘Gatishakti’ program launched by Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday, which will bring 16 central infrastructure related departments on a single platform, the statement said.
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Reminding that the buildings occupied by DST were originally constructed as godowns to be used for storage of food grains imported by USAID under PL-480 ‘Public Law- 480’, Singh said that The complex of the new building marks the journey from scarcity to self-reliance under the present government as India has become not only self-reliant in food grain production, but has also emerged as one of the major exporting countries.
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He said that we had eminent scientists and stalwarts in the 60s and 70s, but they lacked the world class facilities being built now. Singh asked the planners and architects to use the open space on the campus to showcase the nature of India and its scientific prowess. He asked the officers to take care and reach out to the needs of young start-ups through state-of-the-art facilities.
He said that in the new building, DST, DSIR and five autonomous institutions under DST located in Delhi i.e. Science Engineering Research Board (SERB), Technology Information Forecasting and Evaluation Council (TIFAC), Technology Development Board (TDB), Vigyan Prasar, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) will also be accommodated as they are working from rented premises.
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