First of all congratulations to all of you for successfully completing 125 years! Congratulations! A 125-year journey is very long. There must have been several milestones; you must have faced many ups and downs, but running an organization for 125 years is a big thing in itself. It has undergone a paradigm shift, systems have changed. Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the stalwarts including the former ones who have contributed to strengthening CII in these 125 years. I pay tribute to those who are no longer amongst us, and I also wish good luck for the ones who are going to take charge here in the future.
In the wake of Corona pandemic, such online events are becoming a new normal. But this is also the biggest strength of human being that he finds a way out of every difficulty. Even today, on one hand we have to take stringent steps to fight this virus, while on the other hand, we also have to take care of the economy. On the one hand we have to save the lives of the countrymen and on the other hand we have to stabilize and speed up the economy of the country. In this situation, you have started talking about Getting Growth Back and certainly it is something commendable! I would go a step further and rather say that yes, we will definitely get our growth back. Some of you might be wondering that in this hour of crisis, how I am saying this with so much confidence.
There are several reasons for my confidence. I trust India’s capabilities and crisis management. I trust India’s talent and technology. I trust Innovation and Intellect of India. I trust the farmers, MSMEs and entrepreneurs of India. And, I trust Industry leaders like all of you. That’s why I’m saying- Yes! We will get our growth back. India will get its growth back.
Corona might have slowed our pace of development, but today the biggest truth of the country is that India has overtaken lockdown and has entered into Unlock Phase one. A large part of the economy has opened up in Unlock Phase one. A lot is going to open after 8th June. That is, Getting Growth Back has started.
Today we are able to do all this because when Corona virus was spreading its tentacles around the world, India had taken the right steps at the right time. If we compare our situation with all the countries of the world, we can see that today how widespread the effect of lockdown has been in India. In this lockdown, India has not only prepared physical resources to fight against Corona, but has also saved its human resource. In such a situation, the question now is what next? As industry leaders, one question will surely be in your minds – what is the government going to do now? You will also have some questions about the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign. This is very natural and obvious.
Reinvigorating the economy against Corona is one of our foremost priorities. For this, the government is taking the decisions that need to be taken immediately. And besides this, such decisions have been taken which will help the country in the long run.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana has helped a lot in providing immediate benefits to the poor. Ration has been delivered to about 74 crore beneficiaries under this scheme. Free ration is also being provided to migrant workers. Besides, so far poor families have been given more than fifty three thousand crore Rupees of financial assistance. Be it women, divyangs, elderly, or labourers; everyone has benefited from it. During the lockdown, the government has delivered more than 8 crore gas cylinders to the poor – that too for free. Moreover, the government has also made 24 per cent EPF contribution in the accounts of about 50 lakh employees of private sectors. Around Rs 800 crore has been deposited into their accounts.
Five things are very important to build a self-reliant India and to bring India back on the path of rapid development – Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation. You will get a glimpse of all these in the bold decisions taken recently. With these decisions, we have made every sector future ready. Thus, today India is ready for a big step towards a new growth-oriented future. Friends, reforms are not some random or scattered decisions for us. For us reforms are systematic, planned, integrated, inter-connected and futuristic process.
For us, ‘reform’ means having the courage to make decisions and taking them to a logical conclusion. Be it IBC, bank merger, GST, Faceless Income Tax Assessment, we have always emphasized on reducing the interference of government in the systems, and encouraging an eco-system for private enterprises. For this reason, the government is also making such policy reforms, which the country had given up hope for. If I talk about the agriculture sector, then the rules and regulations that were made after independence in our country had left the farmers at the mercy of middlemen. The rules were very strict as to where the farmer could sell the crop and so on. Our government showed the willingness to remove injustice that was being done to the farmers for decades.
After changes in the APMC Act, now the farmers will also get their rights. Farmers can now sell their crop to whomsoever they want and whenever they want. Now a farmer can take his crop to any state of the country and sell it. Also, grains or agricultural products kept in warehouses can now be sold through electronic trading. Just imagine! How many new avenues are going to open for agri-business! Friends, similarly, keeping in mind the welfare of our workers, labour reforms have also been made to increase employment opportunities.
Non-strategic sectors in which the private sector was not even allowed have now been opened up. You must have observed that we are taking the decisions which were being demanded for many years, while walking on the path of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. Friends, India has the third largest coal reserve in the world! And India also has bold and hard working business leaders like you. Then why coal comes from outside? Why coal is being imported? Sometimes the government stood in the way and sometimes the policies. But now the work of freeing the coal sector from these blockages has started.
Now commercial mining in the coal sector has been permitted. Permission has also been granted for the allotment of partially explored blocks. Similarly, in mineral mining too, now companies can do mining work simultaneously with exploration. Those familiar with this sector are well aware of the far-reaching consequences of these decisions.
The direction in which the government is moving, be it our mining sector, energy sector, or research and technology, both the industry and the youth will get opportunities in every field. Going beyond, now the participation of private players in the strategic sectors of the country is also becoming a reality. Whether you want to invest in space sector, or want to explore new opportunities in the atomic energy, there are immense possibilities completely open for you.
You are well aware that lakhs of units of the MSME sector are like economic engines for our country. They make a large contribution to the GDP of the country. This contribution is about 30 percent. The industry had been demanding to clarify the definition of MSMEs for a long time. It has now been fulfilled. This will enable MSMEs to grow without any worries and they will not have to walk other paths to maintain the status of MSMEs. Global tenders have been scrapped for the government procurement of up to Rs 200 crores to benefit crores of people working in the MSMEs of the country. This will open up more opportunities to our small industries. In a way, the Atmanirbhar Bharat package is a fuel for the engine of the MSME sector.
To understand the relevance of these decisions, it is very important to see and understand today’s global situations. Today, all the countries of the world want more support of each other than ever before. The need for one another has increased more in the world. But it is also being thought that how old thinking, old customs and old policies can be effective. It is natural that a new thinking is going on at the moment. And at such times, the expectations of the world from India have increased further. Today, the world’s trust in India has increased and a new hope has also arisen. You have also seen that amid this crisis of Corona, when it was difficult for one country to help another, India has helped by sending medical supplies to more than 150 countries.
World is looking for a trusted, reliable partner in India. There is a potential, strength and capability.
Today, all of you, the industry of India should take full advantage of the World’s trust that has been developed towards India. It is the responsibility of all of you, it is the responsibility of organizations like CII to ensure that trust, quality and competitiveness are associated with ‘manufactured in India’. If you move two steps ahead, the government will move four steps ahead and support you. As the Prime Minister, I am giving you the assurance that I stand with you. This is like rise to the occasion for the Indian industry. Trust me; ‘Getting Growth Back’ is not so difficult. And the biggest thing is that now you, the Indian Industries have a clear path i.e. the way to Atmanirbhar Bharat; the path of self reliant India. Self-reliant India means we will become stronger and embrace the world.
Self-sufficient India will be fully integrated with the world economy and will also be supportive. But keep in mind, self-reliant India also means- we will not depend on anyone in strategic areas. It is about creating strong enterprises in India, the enterprises that can become global forces. It is about generating employment. It is about empowering our people to come out and find solutions that can define the future of our country. We now have to invest in building a robust local supply chain that strengthens India’s stake in the global supply chain. In this campaign, giants like CII will also have to come forward with a new role. Now you have to come forward as champions of indigenous inspirations. You have to facilitate the recovery of domestic industries, assist and support the next level growth. You have to help the industry to expand its market globally.
Now there is a need to manufacture such products in the country which will be ‘Made in India’ and ‘Made for the world’. How can we reduce the country’s imports? What new goals can be set? We have to set our targets to increase productivity in all sectors. I want to give out this message to the industry today, and the country has the same expectation from you.
To make manufacturing in India, Make in India a major medium of employment, many priority sectors have been identified by discussing with organizations of various industries like you. Work has been started on these sectors- furniture, air conditioner, leather and footwear. We import more than 30 per cent of our demand for air conditioners. We have to reduce it as fast as possible. Similarly, despite being the second largest leather producer in the world, our share in global exports is very low.
There are so many sectors in which we can do very well. In the past years, modern trains like Vande Bharat have been built in the country only with the help of friends like you. The country is exporting metro coaches today. Similarly, efforts are being made to reduce our dependence on imports in many areas, be it mobile phone manufacturing or defence manufacturing. And I will say very proudly that within 3 months you have developed the Personal Protective Equipment – PPE industry worth rupees hundreds of crores. Not even a single PPE was made in India until three months ago. Today India is making 3 lakh PPE kits a day. So this is the strength of our industry. You have to use this ability in every sector. I also urge all the friends of CII to take full advantage of the investment in rural economy and of the possibilities of partnership with farmers. Now necessary infrastructure is being developed for clusters of local agro products near the villages. There are many opportunities for all the members of CII.
Be it farm, fisheries, food processing, footwear or pharma, the gates of new opportunities are open for you in many sectors. I invite all of you for active participation in the rental scheme announced by the government to provide accommodation to the migrants in cities.
Our government considers the private sector to be the partner of the country’s development journey. Your every need related to Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign will be taken care of. I am constantly in touch with you and all the stake-holders and this will continue. I request you to come up with a detailed study of every sector; build consensus; develop concepts and think big. We will together take up more structural reforms that will change the course of our country.
We will together build a self reliant India. Friends, come, take a pledge to make the country self-sufficient. Put your full strength to fulfil this resolve. Government stands with you and you must stand with the goals of the country. You will succeed, we will succeed, and the country will reach new heights and will become self-reliant. I once again congratulate CII on completing 125 years.
Thanks a lot !!
ये भी इंसान की सबसे बड़ी ताकत होती है कि वो हर मुश्किल से बाहर निकलने का रास्ता बना ही लेता है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
आज भी हमें जहां एक तरफ इस Virus से लड़ने के लिए सख्त कदम उठाने हैं वहीं दूसरी तरफ Economy का भी ध्यान रखना है: PM @narendramodi
हमें एक तरफ देशवासियों का जीवन भी बचाना है तो दूसरी तरफ देश की अर्थव्यवस्था को भी Stabilize करना है, Speed Up करना है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इस Situation में आपने “Getting Growth Back” की बात शुरू की है और निश्चित तौर पर इसके लिए आप सभी, भारतीय उद्योग जगत के लोग बधाई के पात्र हैं: PM @narendramodi
बल्कि मैं तो Getting Growth Back से आगे बढ़कर ये भी कहूंगा कि Yes ! We will definitely get our growth back.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
आप लोगों में से कुछ लोग सोच सकते हैं कि संकट की इस घड़ी में, मैं इतने Confidence से ये कैसे बोल सकता हूं?
मेरे इस Confidence के कई कारण है: PM @narendramodi
मुझे भारत की Capabilities और Crisis Management पर भरोसा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
मुझे भारत के Talent और Technology पर भरोसा है।
मुझे भारत के Innovation और Intellect पर भरोसा है।
मुझे भारत के Farmers, MSME’s, Entrepreneurs पर भरोसा है: PM @narendramodi
कोरोना ने हमारी Speed जितनी भी धीमी की हो, लेकिन आज देश की सबसे बड़ी सच्चाई यही है कि भारत, लॉकडाउन को पीछे छोड़कर Un-Lock Phase one में Enter कर चुका है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
Un-Lock Phase one में Economy का बहुत बड़ा हिस्सा खुल चुका है: PM @narendramodi
आज ये सब हम इसलिए कर पा रहे हैं, क्योंकि जब दुनिया में कोरोना वायरस पैर फैला रहा था, तो भारत ने सही समय पर, सही तरीके से सही कदम उठाए।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
दुनिया के तमाम देशों से तुलना करें तो आज हमें पता चलता है कि भारत में lockdown का कितना व्यापक प्रभाव रहा है: PM @narendramodi
कोरोना के खिलाफ Economy को फिर से मजबूत करना, हमारी highest priorities में से एक है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इसके लिए सरकार जो Decisions अभी तुरंत लिए जाने जरूरी हैं, वो ले रही है।
और साथ में ऐसे भी फैसले लिए गए हैं जो Long Run में देश की मदद करेंगे: PM @narendramodi
प्रधानमंत्री गरीब कल्याण योजना ने गरीबों को तुरंत लाभ देने में बहुत मदद की है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इस योजना के तहत करीब 74 करोड़ Beneficiaries तक राशन पहुंचाया जा चुका है। प्रवासी श्रमिकों के लिए भी फ्री राशन पहुंचाया जा रहा है: PM @narendramodi
महिलाएं हों, दिव्यांग हों, बुजुर्ग हों, श्रमिक हों, हर किसी को इससे लाभ मिला है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
लॉकडाउन के दौरान सरकार ने गरीबों को 8 करोड़ से ज्यादा गैस सिलेंडर डिलिवर किए हैं- वो भी मुफ्त: PM @narendramodi
भारत को फिर से तेज़ विकास के पथ पर लाने के लिए, आत्मनिर्भर भारत बनाने के लिए 5 चीजें बहुत ज़रूरी हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure और Innovation.
हाल में जो Bold फैसले लिए गए हैं, उसमें भी आपको इन सभी की झलक मिल जाएगी: PM @narendramodi
हमारे लिए reforms कोई random या scattered decisions नहीं हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
हमारे लिए reforms systemic, planned, integrated, inter-connected और futuristic process है।
हमारे लिए reforms का मतलब है फैसले लेने का साहस करना, और उन्हें logical conclusion तक ले जाना: PM @narendramodi
सरकार आज ऐसे पॉलिसी reforms भी कर रही है जिनकी देश ने उम्मीद भी छोड़ दी थी।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
अगर मैं Agriculture सेक्टर की बात करूं तो हमारे यहां आजादी के बाद जो नियम-कायदे बने, उसमें किसानों को
बिचौलियों के हाथों में छोड़ दिया गया था: PM @narendramodi
हमारे श्रमिकों के कल्याण को ध्यान में रखते हुए, रोजगार के अवसरों को बढ़ाने के लिए labour reforms भी किए जा रहे हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
जिन non-strategic sectors में प्राइवेट सेक्टर को इजाजत ही नहीं थी, उन्हें भी खोला गया है: PM @narendramodi
सरकार जिस दिशा में बढ़ रही है, उससे हमारा mining sector हो, energy sector हो, या research और technology हो, हर क्षेत्र में इंडस्ट्री को भी अवसर मिलेंगे, और youths के लिए भी नई opportunities खुलेंगी: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इस सबसे भी आगे बढ़कर, अब देश के strategic sectors में भी private players की भागीदारी एक Reality बन रही है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
आप चाहे space sector में निवेश करना चाहें, atomic energy में नयी opportunities को तलाशना चाहें, possibilities आपके लिए पूरी तरह से खुली हुई है: PM @narendramodi
MSMEs की Definition स्पष्ट करने की मांग लंबे समय से उद्योग जगत कर रहा था, वो पूरी हो चुकी है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इससे MSMEs बिना किसी चिंता के Grow कर पाएंगे और उनको MSMEs का स्टेट्स बनाए रखने के लिए दूसरे रास्तों पर चलने की ज़रूरत नहीं रहेगी: PM @narendramodi
स्वभाविक है कि इस समय नए सिरे से मंथन चल रहा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
और ऐसे समय में, भारत से दुनिया की अपेक्षा- Expectations और बढ़ीं हैं।
आज दुनिया का भारत पर विश्वास भी बढ़ा है और नई आशा का संचार भी हुआ है: PM @narendramodi
World is looking for a trusted, reliable partner.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
भारत में potential है, strength है, ability है।
आज पूरे विश्व में भारत के प्रति जो Trust Develop हुआ है, उसका आप सभी को, भारत की Industry को पूरा फायदा उठाना चाहिए: PM @narendramodi
“Getting Growth Back” इतना मुश्किल भी नहीं है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
और सबसे बड़ी बात कि अब आपके पास, Indian Industries के पास, एक Clear Path है।
आत्मनिर्भर भारत का रास्ता: PM @narendramodi
आत्मनिर्भर भारत का मतलब है कि हम और ज्यादा strong होकर दुनिया को embrace करेंगे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
आत्मनिर्भर भारत world economy के साथ पूरी तरह integrated भी होगा और supportive भी: PM @narendramodi
हमें अब एक ऐसी Robust Local Supply Chain के निर्माण में Invest करना है, जो Global Supply Chain में भारत की हिस्सेदारी को Strengthen करे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इस अभियान में, मैं CII जैसी दिग्गज संस्था को भी post-Corona नई भूमिका में आगे आना होगा: PM @narendramodi
अब जरूरत है कि देश में ऐसे Products बनें जो Made in India हों, Made for the World हों।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
कैसे हम देश का आयात कम से कम करें, इसे लेकर क्या नए लक्ष्य तय किए जा सकते हैं?
हमें तमाम सेक्टर्स में productivity बढ़ाने के लिए अपने टार्गेट तय करने ही होंगे: PM @narendramodi
मैं बहुत गर्व से कहूंगा कि सिर्फ 3 महीने के भीतर ही Personal Protective Equipment -PPE की सैकड़ों करोड़ की इंडस्ट्री आपने ही खड़ी की है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
Rural Economy में Investment और किसानों के साथ Partnership का रास्ता खुलने का भी पूरा लाभ उठाएं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
अब तो गांव के पास ही लोकल एग्रो प्रोडक्ट्स के क्लस्टर्स के लिए ज़रूरी इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर तैयार किया जा रहा है। इसमें CII के तमाम मेंबर्स के लिए बहुत Opportunities हैं: PM @narendramodi
हमारी सरकार प्राइवेट सेक्टर को देश की विकास यात्रा का Partner मानती है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
आत्मनिर्भर भारत अभियान से जुड़ी आपकी हर आवश्यकता का ध्यान रखा जाएगा।
आपसे, सभी स्टेकहोल्डर्स से मैं लगातार संवाद करता हूं और ये सिलसिला आगे भी जारी रहेगा: PM @narendramodi
देश को आत्मनिर्भर बनाने का संकल्प लें।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 2, 2020
इस संकल्प को पूरा करने के लिए अपनी पूरी ताकत लगा दें।
सरकार आपके साथ खड़ी है, आप देश के लक्ष्यों के साथ खड़े होइए: PM @narendramodi