Young entrepreneurs must become ‘soldiers of development’: Indian PM Modi


NEW DELHI, Aug. 22: Calling young entrepreneurs to become ‘soldiers of development’, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged people to work towards country’s growth. Addressing CEOs and Start ups at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi, Modi said, for a government, the welfare and happiness of people is supreme. “In Government, the welfare of the people and the happiness of citizens is supreme. Every citizen must have a feeling that this country is mine and I have to work for the country, I want to add something towards its growth,” said Modi.

He mentioned Mahatama Gandhi’s freedom struggle that united the nation and said India needs a movement like the one started by Father of Nation. “Mahatma Gandhiturned the freedom struggle into a mass movement and we saw the results. Every person wanted India to be free but Gandhi ji did something unique. He made every person feel he or she is working for the nation. In the same spirit as what Mahatma Gandhi did for the freedom struggle, we need to make India’s development a mass movement,” said Modi.

Stressing that India needs to move towards becoming a less cash society, he asked the CEOs to encourage the use of BHIM app for cashless transactions and ensure by 2022 that employees working for them go cashless. He also asked them to distribute Khadi coupons as Diwali gifts.

Referring to tourism and enormous potential in job creations, Modi said: “We Indians don’t take pride in our rich heritage. If we begin talking about it with pride, the world will desperate to visit India.” He said he was looking at end-to-end solutions for India. “If this generation thinks of feasible solutions to our unique problems, markets and jobs will automatically be created,” he added.

On various initiatives of his government, Modi talked about GeM (Government-e-Market) portal which was introduced recently to increase transparency in government purchases. He said even small suppliers can sell their products to the government through the portal.

As many as 28,000 small suppliers have sold their products to government worth Rs 1,000 crore through the portal in the last 4-6 months.

Calling the young CEOs as his team, Modi said India’s development must be made a mass movement and entrepreneurs should think of what more they can do for the country’s growth and for the poor.

He asked them to provide policy inputs and be the harbinger for change. For the government, he said, welfare of its citizens and their happiness is supreme.

The Prime Minister stressed on the need to focus on export oriented agri products, saying that innovative ideas like cultivating timber on fringes of farm land would help achieve the goal of doubling farmers’ income.

He regretted that around Rs 1 lakh crore of agri products – from fruits to vegetables – go waste because of lack of infrastructure. Creating infrastructure in itself is a business opportunity, he added.

(TIE With inputs from PTI)

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