Favouring reduced dependence on imports, particularly, of electronic items, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said that there should be focus on manufacturing sector along with services to tide over the mismatch as also to ensure better inclusive growth.
“Electronics imports have a big share in our overall import basket. We must focus on manufacturing, particularly in strategic sectors like defence … there is also a need tofocus on promoting hardware as much as software to ensure inclusive growth,” Modi was quoted as saying by PTI during the 25th Nasscom leadership summit through a video link.
He also said that the Indian IT industry can promote digital inclusion by strengthening cyber security and empowering the youth. “India’s talent plus information technology is equal to India’s tomorrow. IT sector can be the shining light of Brand India,” Modi said. In his view, information technology can be an effective medium to connect the hinterland with the cities. “Just like the British built bridges and rail lines, information highway network can play a very big role in transforming the nation today,” he said, adding that it’s his dream to see a transformed India by 2022.
“We can’t have two Indias, one racing ahead and another moving on a reverse gear. This will add to our problems,” Modi said. “There is also need to focus on promoting software as much as hardware to ensure inclusive growth,” he said. Modi ended his speech with a cautionary note. “We are living in a time where wars will be fought in the cyber space,” he said. “Like we have soldiers fighting on the border, IT professionals can save us against the cyber war.” (With PTI inputs)