HYDERABAD: “I see knowledge as power. I also see waste as wealth. Appropriate technology is needed to see those end results. Need-based research should be of primary importance in order to be successful in whatever you do,” Nitin Gadkari, union minister for road transport and highways, said on Friday.
“You need a strong political will. If there is will, there is a way. If there is no will, you will end up doing surveys, discussions and deliberations,” he said.
Gadkari was addressing a session on ‘Driving Forward Women Entrepreneurship — Road Ahead' organised by the Hyderabad chapter of FICCI Ladies’ Organisation (FLO) in the city on Friday.
Gadkari said, “One should think ahead, because green hydrogen is the fuel of the future. Petrol is becoming precious and we need alternative fuels. I think of a dozen alternative fuels such as biodiesel, natural gas, ethanol, methane, propane, electricity and hydrogen which are currently under development or in production to power vehicles of the future and some are even available.”
Replying to a few queries in a conversation with Shubhra Maheshwari, chairperson of FLO Hyderabad Chapter, Gadkari said, “Honesty, goodwill and credibility are some of the highest capitals of the 21st century. The dream of a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2025 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot be reached without the empowerment of female entrepreneurs.”
He said women by nature were “very motivated and dedicated. Short cuts will only cut short their dreams. They need to have a positive attitude and self-confidence that are very essential in life.”
Union minister G. Kishan Reddy and minister of state for road transport and highways and civil aviation V. K. Singh also spoke at the event in which about 150 women entrepreneurs were present....