Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman On Dalit Atrocities, Kashmir Issue & JNU

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman asserts that India can buck the global economic downslide by “carefully nurturing” exports and domestic markets, pitches for lowering interest rates, and says there is an attempt to defame the BJP on Dalit issues but party enjoys their support. Nirmala Sitharaman was speaking at the Idea Exchange programme organised by The Indian Express.

On question of what about the economic scene in general? and if india India can buck the gloominess. nirmala the minister said, “I think yes. If both the export and domestic markets are carefully nurtured, carefully balanced, then the industries can buck the trend. Of course, SEZs (Special Economic Zones) come with a different set of problems. SEZs are also looking at using domestic capacities when it comes to exports. The domestic area manufacturers seem to think that there are a lot of underutilised capacities lying in the SEZs. So there is this churn that is happening, a healthy churn between what was dedicated towards the export area and what is dedicated to the domestic — both of them are trying to capitalise on existing capacities. Both of them are trying to use underutilised potential.”

She also spoke on Surrogacy Bill. Over the question of a provision in the bill that allows only close relatives to be a surrogate mother leading to the child growing up knowing its biological mother.

Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Well, these are the things which have to be discussed. There is no argument on what is in the interest of the child as against the interest of the mother. I think this is a Bill which is attempting to do some things to regulate the sector, subject of course to Parliament, which will have to go through the details. The government’s position is very clear, that we have initiated something. We are willing to have it discussed by the standing committee or in Parliament or as the case may be.”

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman asserts that India can buck the global economic downslide by “carefully nurturing” exports and domestic markets, pitches for lowering interest rates, and says there is an attempt to defame the BJP on Dalit issues but party enjoys their support. Nirmala Sitharaman was speaking at the Idea Exchange programme organised by The Indian Express. On question of what about the economic scene in general? and if india India can buck the gloominess. nirmala the minister said, "I think yes. If both the export and domestic markets are carefully nurtured, carefully balanced, then the industries can buck the trend. Of course, SEZs (Special Economic Zones) come with a different set of problems. SEZs are also looking at using domestic capacities when it comes to exports. The domestic area manufacturers seem to think that there are a lot of underutilised capacities lying in the SEZs. So there is this churn that is happening, a healthy churn between what was dedicated towards the export area and what is dedicated to the domestic — both of them are trying to capitalise on existing capacities. Both of them are trying to use underutilised potential." She also spoke on Surrogacy Bill. Over the question of a provision in the bill that allows only close relatives to be a surrogate mother leading to the child growing up knowing its biological mother. Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Well, these are the things which have to be discussed. There is no argument on what is in the interest of the child as against the interest of the mother. I think this is a Bill which is attempting to do some things to regulate the sector, subject of course to Parliament, which will have to go through the details. The government’s position is very clear, that we have initiated something. We are willing to have it discussed by the standing committee or in Parliament or as the case may be."