Reinforcing his pitch to create an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (June 11) said the adversity of COVID-19 should be used as a turning point to help “people, planet and profit” co-exist and grow together.
The prime minister was addressing the 95th Annual Day of Indian Chamber of Commerce.
He urged industrialists to prepare a globally competitive domestic supply chain, stressing that now is the time to take “Indian economy out of ‘command and control’ and take it towards ‘plug and play’.”
He also said bold decisions and investments have to be taken if India has to compete in the global market.
“This isn’t the time for a conservative approach. It’s time for bold decisions and bold investments. It’s time to prepare a globally competitive domestic supply chain,” he said.
Addressing the industry leaders in West Bengal, Modi said even Swami Vivekanand had spoken about creating a market for Indian products.
“Decades ago Swami Vivekananda wrote, ‘The simplest method to be worked upon at present is to induce Indians to use their own produce and get markets for Indian artware in other countries’. This path shown by Swami Vivekananda is inspiration for India in post-COVID world,” he said.
“We have to revive the historical excellence of Bengal in manufacturing sector. We’ve always heard, ‘What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow.’ We have to take inspiration from this and move forward together,” he added.