"For many leaders, youth is the means to power but for me youth is empowerment," Modi said without naming anyone after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi recently stated that new UPA after the elections will see a young government. (Agencies)
The BJP strongman was speaking at the convocation ceremony of Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University run by the Reliance Industries.
Sharing the stage with Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, British Petroleum Group CEO Bob Dudley, he listed out things his government did in energy sector and for youths comparing that with alleged inactions of UPA government.
He also mocked at the prevailing energy scene in the country by raising the issue of missing coal files. He said that it was extremely unfortunate that some states of India face power shortage.
"Over 20,000 MW power generation capacity is lying idle because there is no fuel. Why is there no fuel? Because there is no coal. Why is there no coal? Files are lost," he said.
Alleging that the Central Government is not serious in developing skills among youths he said, "For entire India the skill development budget is Rs 800 crore, but for Gujarat we will spend Rs 1,000 crore for skill development.
"People are not getting jobs. What is the future of youth? You can imagine in whose hands we have given this country. In future we might not get space on footpaths also," Modi said.
However, Modi said that the situation can be changed if youth are empowered and integrated in the development process.
"By integrating youth power of the nation into our development journey, there is a potential to correct the wrongs of last sixty years in a short span of ten years," Modi said.
He advised students to keep the mantra of 'India First' in their thought and action in times ahead.
Modi, in his speech, invoked Mahatma Gandhi and called upon students to do research on the thoughts of Father of the Nation to mitigate energy crisis of the world.
The Chief Minister said that his Government was trying to make Gandhinagar a solar-powered city and sought active participation and support of the University's students to achieve this goal.
Ambani, who is also President of the PDPU, showered praise on the BJP stalwart. He thanked Modi for attending the event and noted that his handshake with more than 640 students while presenting them degrees would change their lives forever.
The noted industrialist described Modi as an inspiration for the youth and a person who has always emphasized on education's role in self-development.
A total of 671 students were conferred degrees at the third convocation ceremony of the university.
"For many leaders, youth is the means to power but for me youth is empowerment," Modi said without naming anyone after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi recently stated that new UPA after the elections will see a young government.