Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar today called upon trade and industry bodies to fully leverage the entrepreneurial ventures that are taking root in the hinterlands of the country through the vibrant MSME sector. He called for ‘hand-holding these new entrepreneurs and allowing them to blossom’.
Addressing the 117th Annual Session of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in New Delhi today, Vice President lauded the thriving Indian startup sector and said that with over 75,000 in number, “Indian business landscape now has a number of game changer startups”.
Observing that “India is witnessing an epochal transformation” in its economy, Dhankhar stressed on the need to fully utilise India’s demographic dividend by adequate skill upgradation. “Societal interests are best served when we bring out everyone’s full potential and talent”, he said.
Referring to the theme of the session, “India@75: Celebrating India’s pursuit for self-reliance”, Dhankhar said, “Atma Nirbhar Bharat in a sense is a reflection of the Swadeshi movement a century ago during our freedom struggle”. He noted that India’s pursuit for self-reliance is “not about being self-centred. It is world inclusive. Medical supplies to more than 100 countries during the Covid pandemic is just one example”.
Dhankhar noted that it is also the obligation of the industry, along with the government, to ensure the optimal utilisation of human resources, especially from the younger demographics. He added that the mantra of ‘New India’ – “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas” is not only limited to the Government and called for greater all-round efforts.
Applauding that India has recently become the fifth largest economy and is poised to become the third largest by the end of the decade, the Vice President said that it is a “tribute to the Indian industry, our hardworking farmers, our shramjeevi workers, artisans and our innovator scientists”.
Pradeep Multani, President, PHDCCI; Saket Dalmia, Sr. Vice-President, PHDCCI; Sanjeev Agrawal, Vice-President, PHDCCI; Sanjay Agrawal, Immediate former President, PHDCCI along with representatives from various industries and other dignitaries were present during the session.
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