PMO seeks concepts to spice up self-reliance

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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has despatched a questionnaire to all ministries and departments looking for inputs and concepts on the “meaning of Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)” .

The Prime Minister’s Office has additionally sought inputs on steps to enhance governance, addressing the problem of regional imbalance as a “challenge to Atmanirbharta” and methods to advertise the govt’s name for “vocal for local” and “local for global.” It has additionally sought concepts on increasing the MSME sectors and addressing problems with “quality of policies, products and processes.”

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The questionnaire despatched by the PMO, a replica of which has been reviewed by Hindustan Times must be submitted by all ministries by October 28, in line with officers conscious of the event.

“India’s GDP is concentrated in major industrial hubs in West and South India and hence there are vast inter regional and intra-regional development gaps. Under Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme the government aims to bridge the gap and set up new industries in these underdeveloped areas,” a senior official stated.

“The government has decided to be more aggressive to address the issue of significant trade imbalance and the strategic implications of the same. Therefore, the government should look at two things; ending imports of lower end products like pens, mouse pads etc, which we are being imported from China. Domestic production can easily take over such products. The second should be to focus on high-end products such as laptops and smartphones manufacturing with strategies such as Phased Manufacturing plan, which was highly successful in building India’s auto industry,” stated Jaijit Bhattacharya, president of the Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (CDEP), a suppose tank.

[Attribution HT]

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