Even as the Narendra Modi government battled criticism for favouring corporate giants, BJP President Amit Shah who was in the city on Friday for a ceremony of the MSME Development Institute, Ahmedabad, said that post-independence it was the only government to have taken a ‘holistic view’ of industry and framed policies for ‘Khadi’ as well as for big companies in India.
Outlining a few of the new industry-friendly policies under the Narendra Modi government, Shah said it has set an example of how a government can work for staying in power and also be industry-friendly at the same time. “The Modi government also dispelled the difference between populist and welfare policies. While there was always a conflict on whether a government works for MSME’s or big industries, under the Make In India initiative – lots of investments, companies, technology have trickled into India. For the first time since independence there was a jump in the Ease of Doing Business in the year 2015-16, thanks to the industry-friendly policies floated by the Modi government.”
Even as the government is currently in the process of drawing up an exercise to revise the ‘Make in India’ action plan, Shah added, “When a big company sets shop here under ‘Make in India’, people say investment has come, lot of land has been allotted and production will start- but what about unemployment? Our government is equally focussed on improving GDP and getting investment as it is on providing employment. Under ‘Make In India’, big companies will come and bring with it 100-150 small ancillary industries that will bring with it plenty of jobs. Like a Maruti comes to Gujarat, a Hyundai and a Nano also comes and brings with it around 300 – 400 small ancillary units.
While big firms improve GDP and investment, ancillary industries bring employment. We cannot afford to lag behind in the global economy anymore. The Modi government has also thought of Khadi, rural industry-led employment and there is now a thrust on MSME sector for creating job opportunities. How will find people for jobs created under this sector and for that ‘Skill India’ was launched and a separate ministry a was formed by way of which lakhs of youth will get work.”
Among dignitaries present at Friday’s event included Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Union MSME minister Kalraj Mishra, Goa’s industries minister Mahadev Naik, Haribhai Chaudhary, MoS Ministry of MSME, GoI, Rohit Patel, state minister of industry, GoG and Minister of state of women & child welfare -Nirmala Wadhwani among others.
The new premises of the MSME Development Institute, Ahmedabad slated to become ‘MSME tower’ is spread over 2682 sq mtrs at Sola-Thatej area. While the building will be a field office of DC (MSME) under the MSME Ministry-it will aid entrepreneurs in promotion of MSME and in areas of export promotion marketing support, capacity assessment, techno-managerial consultancy, industrial management training, preparing industrial potential survey report, Udyog Aadhaar Numbers, MSME Data bank.