Let entrepreneurs be soldiers of development: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Aug 2017 09:21:26



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted entrepreneurs to become soldiers of development and help India cut dependence on imports, while ensuring that it becomes a ‘less-cash’ economy. Addressing over 200 CEOs and Startups here, he also asked them to work towards increasing agricultural exports and promoting tourism.

“Gandhiji made Independence a mass movement. Every Government has tried to take India forward. But development has not become a mass movement,” Modi said at ‘Champions of Change’, organised by Niti Aayog. “In the same spirit as what Mahatma Gandhi did for the freedom struggle, we need to make India’s development a mass movement,” he added.

Calling upon the young entrepreneurs to become soldiers of development, Modi said that by working together “we can solve several problems the country faces”. 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.
Modi talked about GeM 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. The PM stressed on need to focus on export oriented agri products, saying innovative ideas like cultivating timber on fringes of farm land would help double 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.