Nitin Gadkari: plans afoot to increase MSMEs contribution to GDP to 40 percent
Union Minister for MSME( Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today said the government is aiming at increasing the sector’s contribution to 40% of GDP, from the current 30%. A policy has to be made which will empower the poor. There are 6.5 crore units
He has called for lasting and transformative change at the village level, through innovative, research-based technology specially adapted for rural areas.
Addressing a workshop at the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University at Wardha in Maharashtra, the Minister pointed out that Village Industries and Khadi generate as much as Rs.88,000 crores on an annual basis. This can be increased if the policy is flexible, and innovative, and is aimed at improving the lives of people living in villages. The Minister also stressed that goods produced by village industries can be sold better if they are marketed better.
Recalling the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, VinobhaBhave, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Ram Manohar Lohia, and Jayaprakash Narayan, he said that their aim was the same – to improve the lives of the poor living in villages. Unless solutions are found to ensure that employment is generated in the villages, and they are clean and have enough facilities, the dreams of these leaders will not be fulfilled, he said. Migration of as much as 30% of the country’s population from rural areas took place since independence due to lack of growth of the village economy, the Minister said.`
The Minister said “We are not in favor of westernization, but we are in favor of modernization, in the villages. This is the time for socio-economic transformation”
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