ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Paper Plans THE Technology Policy Statement was tabled in February and is ostensibly "designed to further strengthen the Indian economy and assist the nation in fulfilling its role in the global economic environment". The thrust areas include energy- lelated technologies for conservation of land, water and energy resources for provision and maintenance of health services and development of new drugs, medical devices and their delivery, development of agriculture and allied agro-industries, mapping of natural resources, devising rneans and methods of protecting people from natural hazards, technologies related 16 better transport and communications and those relevant to a whole range of modern systems such as electronics and biotechnology, etc The statement further categorically states that a set of measures for the implementation of the policy is considered essential and goes on to elaborate actions which it considers as urgent. One would expect that such definition of areas for early action would necessarily mean that budgetary allocations would reflect the emphases.

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