NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the country wants to see its industries be among the top five in the world in every sector and we should collectively work for it.
Prime Minister Modi interacted with CEOs of companies from various industries at Lok Kalyan Marg today. This was the second such interaction of the Prime Minister with industry representatives in the run up to the next Union Budget, the Prime Minister’s office said.
Prime Minister talked about the inherent strength of the country displayed during the battle against COVID-19. He thanked the industry leaders for their inputs and suggestions and exhorted them to make full use of policies like the Production Linked Incentive (PLI).
He said that just like the country aspires for a podium finish at the Olympics, the country also wants to see our industries among the top five of the world in every sector, and this is something for which we should collectively work towards.
The Prime Minister said that the corporate sector should invest more in areas like agriculture and food processing, and talked about the shifting focus towards natural farming. He underlined the policy consistency of the government and said that the government is firmly committed to take initiatives which will give impetus to economic progress.
PM Modi also spoke about the focus of the government towards reducing compliance burden, and sought suggestions on areas where undue compliances need to be removed.
The industry representatives gave their feedback to the Prime Minister. They thanked the Prime Minister for putting his faith in the private sector. They said that due to his leadership, the economy of the country is moving ahead on the path of recovery after COVID-19, through his timely interventions and transformative reforms. They expressed commitment towards contributing to the Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision of the Prime Minister and praised several steps taken by the government like PM GatiShakti and IBC. They spoke about steps that can be taken to further boost Ease of Doing Business in the country. They also talked about India’s commitments at COP26 and how industry could contribute towards achieving the goals outlined.
TV Narendran said that the government’s timely response has led to V-shaped recovery after COVID. Sanjeev Puri gave suggestions to further boost the food processing industry. Uday Kotak said that PM has brought path breaking changes through simple yet beautifully articulated reforms like Swachh Bharat, Start up India etc.
Seshagiri Rao talked about how the scrappage policy can be made more comprehensive. Kenichi Ayukawa expressed commitment about realizing the PM’s vision of making India a manufacturing giant. Vineet Mittal talked about PM’s Panchamrit commitment at COP26.
Sumant Sinha said that PM’s leadership in Glasgow was highly appreciated by global community members. Preetha Reddy talked about steps to boost human resource in health. Ritesh Agarwal talked about the need to focus on emerging areas like AI and machine learning.
Govt decision to raise women’s marriage age to 21
In a veiled attack at Samajwadi Party (SP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the Union Cabinet has taken this decision to increase the marriage age of women from 18 to 21 years in the interest of women but it has caused pain to some people.
Addressing people at the launch of ‘Kanya Sumangala Yojana’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, the Prime Minister said, “Union Cabinet has taken a decision to increase the age of marriage of women from 18 years to 21 years. We are making efforts to make this happen as the women want that they should get time to pursue their studies, to get equal opportunities.”
“The country is taking this decision for the sake of daughters. But everyone is seeing who is having problems with this it has caused pain to some.”
Meanwhile, Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on Tuesday introduced The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha.
The Bill seeks to raise the age of marriage of women from 18 years to 21 years.
Earlier, two Samajwadi Party MPs ST Hasan and Shafiqur Rahman Barq slammed the government for bringing the bill to increase the marriage age for women.
Hasan had said that girls should be married when they attain the age of fertility. He said, “If a girl is mature at 16, she can get married at 16. If she can vote at 18, why can’t she get married?”
Expressing a similar view on this issue, Shafiqur Rahman Barq said that India a poor country and everybody wants to marry off their daughter at an early age.
However, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav distanced himself from his party MPs’ statements and said SP is a progressive party and has nothing to do with these remarks.
Earlier on Friday, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the Central government for their decision to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 and termed it “ridiculous”.
Taking to Twitter, Owaisi had said that both men and women should be allowed to legally marry at 18 as they’re treated as adults by the law for all other purposes. Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh are slated for early next year. (ANI)