While speaking at the event, the Prime Minister gave a new mantra ‘“ Look East, Link West ‘“ placing his forthcoming US visit in the context of his recent engagements with leaders from the Asia-Pacific region.
A dream of India started taking shape today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra of “Make in India”, mooted from the stage of Independence Day celebrations, was produced in the form of a programme at Vigyan Bhavan on Thursday.
Through this, the Prime Minister rolled out the red carpet to investors just ahead of his maiden US visit.
The Make in India programme contains a raft of proposals designed to get foreign companies to set up shop and make the country a manufacturing powerhouse.
As Hindustan Times reported, the programme lays emphasis on 25 sectors with focus on job creation and skill enhancement.
These include: automobiles, chemicals, IT, pharmaceuticals, textiles, ports, aviation, leather, tourism and hospitality, wellness, railways, auto components, design manufacturing, renewable energy, mining, bio-technology, pharmaceuticals and electronics among others.
As part of the plan, foreign investment caps in construction will be eased to enable greater participation in the NDA government’s 100 smart cities project and affordable housing.
A dedicated cell has been created to answer queries from business entities through a newly created web portal (http://www.makeinindia.com).
The portal will go live on September 25.
Around 500 CEOs from across the world attended the launch of the programme.
With this, the Prime Minister inched closer to his goal of India’s overall development.
While speaking at the event, the Prime Minister gave a new mantra – Look East, Link West – placing his forthcoming US visit in the context of his recent engagements with leaders from the Asia-Pacific region.
“We have been discussing the `Look East` policy for some time. We should also talk about `Link West’,” Modi said.
With this, the Prime Minster has made an addition to his list of mantras that he has given India today. Here are few of them:
- Inch towards miles: As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Ahmedabad earlier this month — 17 years after he last visited India as a Communist Party functionary — with a bouquet of investment deals aimed at surpassing Japan’s $35 billion commitment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the stage for the bilateral talks, terming it “Inch towards Miles”. Interacting with Chinese journalists based in India, Modi had said, “I would like to give a new terminology to my tomorrow’s meeting with the Chinese President. I call it ‘Inch towards Miles’. INCH is ‘India-China’, towards MILES is ‘Millennium of Exceptional Synergy’. I believe that tomorrow’s meeting will mark a happy beginning towards this goal of ‘Inch towards Miles’.”
- Skill, scale, speed: For India to catch up with China, the Prime Minister gave a three-point agenda. “We need skills, scale and speed if we have to think of competing with China,” Modi said.
- i-Ways and highways: Calling for an “intellectual manthan”, Modi had said at an event that Indians should move beyond roads, highways and ports when we talk of infrastructure. “New cities will be built where there are i-ways, not only highways.”
- Lab-to-land: Pitching for greater use of research for boosting the agriculture sector, PM gave the slogan ‘Lab-to-Land’, saying that farmers should be able to enhance production to increase their income and feed the country as well as the world. He pressed for the use of scientific technologies to help raise the agricultural production in “less land, less time” as he expressed concern over the depleting natural resources and the challenge of climate change.
- Per drop, more crop: The Prime Minister had urged agricutural scientists to work towards increasing crop productivity with a focus on improved irrigation methods.
The maharaja of mantras is about to take off and have a roll in the US.
Guess his mantra will be “Let’s talk business”.