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In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic which has brought a big challenge in front of the mankind and economic activities across the globe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation on Tuesday evening emphasised on making it an opportunity for India. Citing an example of PPE kits and N-95 masks, the PM said, “When the Corona crisis started, there was not a single PPE kit made in India. The N-95 masks were produced in small quantity only. Today we are in a situation to produce two lakh PPE kits and two lakh N-95 masks daily. We were able to do this as India turned this crisis into an opportunity.”
Rather than advocating for self–centric arrangements, PM emphasised on self-reliance and said, “The soul is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The world is one family). India does not advocate self-centric arrangements when it comes to self-reliance. India's self-reliance is ingrained in the happiness, cooperation and peace of the world.
India's goals and actions impact the global welfare. When India is free from open defecation, it has an impact on the image of the world. Be it TB, malnutrition, polio, India's campaigns have influenced the world, the PM said.
Putting Local to Global into the focal point of India’s strategy, PM said, “Corona crisis has also explained to us the importance of local manufacturing, local market and local supply chain. In times of crisis, this local has fulfilled our demand, this local has saved us. Local is not just the need, it is our responsibility also. Time has taught us that we must make the Local as a mantra of our life.”
“The Global Brands you feel today were sometimes also very local like this. But when people started using them, started promoting them, branding them, proud of them, they became Global from Local products. Therefore, from today every Indian has to become vocal for their local, not only to buy local products, but also to promote them proudly. I am confident that our country can do this. Your efforts have increased my reverence for you every time. I recollect one thing with pride. When I requested you and the nation to buy Khadi and said it will be a great support to our handloom workers. Today, the demand and sales of both Khadi and handloom have reached record levels in a very short time. Not only that, you also made it a big brand. It was a very small effort, but the result was very good,” the PM said while addressing the nation.
Giving mantras for making India self-reliant, PM Modi said to the nation, “Self-reliance is possible only through inner strength and self-belief. Self-reliance also prepares the country for a tough competition in the global supply chain. And today it is the need of the hour that India should play a big role in the global supply chain. Realising this, many provisions have also been made in the economic package. This will increase the efficiency of all our sectors and also ensure quality.”
5 pillars of building Self-reliant India
The Prime Minister during addressing the nation pointed on five essential elements for building self-reliant India.
First pillar is economy, an economy that brings quantum jump rather than incremental change.
Second pillar is infrastructure, an infrastructure that became the identity of modern India.
Third pillar is our system, a system that is driven by technology which can fulfill the dreams of the 21st century; a system not based on the policy of the past century.
Fourth pillar is our demography. Our vibrant demography is our strength in the world's largest democracy, our source of energy for self-reliant India.
The fifth pillar is demand. The cycle of demand and supply chain in our economy, is the strength that needs to be harnessed to its full potential. In order to increase demand in the country and to meet this demand, every stakeholder in our supply chain needs to be empowered. We will strengthen our supply chain, our supply system built up with the smell of the soil and the sweat of our labourers.
Announcing an economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore, PM said, “This package will give a new impetus to the development journey of the country in 2020 and a new direction to the self-reliant India campaign. In order to prove the resolve of a self-reliant India, Land, Labour, Liquidity and Laws; all have been emphasised in this package.”
“This economic package is for our cottage industry; home industry; small-scale industries; micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs); which is a source of livelihood for millions of people, which is the strong foundation of our resolve for a self-reliant India. This economic package is for Indian industries, which are determined to give a boost to the economic potential of India,” the Prime Minister added.