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Narendra Modi to wow Barack Obama with ‘Make in India’ tableau

Later this month, the DIPP is convening a strategy meeting with various ministries and departments, which would be chaired by Prime Minister Modi.

Written by Shruti Srivastava | New Delhi | Updated: December 19, 2014 11:46:02 am
US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the 66th Republic Day celebrations. Reuters US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the 66th Republic Day celebrations. Reuters

The high-octane ‘Make in India’ campaign, which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech followed by a mega inaugural event, will now make an appearance on Republic Day as well.

The department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) is planning a ‘Make in India’ tableau that will cruise along Rajpath in New Delhi on Republic Day.

US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the 66th Republic Day celebrations. India is keen on roping in the United States as a key partner in its agenda to make the country a manufacturing hub.

DIPP has floated a tender for the tableau, which has to be fabricated before January 11, 2015.

According to a source related to the development, the tableau will feature some of the prominent manufacturing sectors of the country such as automotive, oil and gas, food processing and textile and apprel. The tableau will reflect the best among the 18 sectors identified in the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

“The aim is to showcase our strength and policies in various important sectors to the foreign companies to project India as the next manufacturing hub. We are already in the process of expediting work on Make in India,” the source told The Indian Express.

The tableau might just be the ‘wow’ factor needed to inject momentum into the campaign that has been faltering since its glitzy launch on September 25, with the who’s who from global corporations in attendance.

The government has since been under criticism for not being able to tap the interest generated by global investors and attract multinational companies to commit investments in manufacturing facilities.

Later this month, the DIPP is convening a strategy meeting with various ministries and departments, which would be chaired by Prime Minister Modi.

In attendance at the December 29 meeting will be secretaries of all sectors which are a part of the campaign including oil and gas, energy, capital goods, railways, food processing, textiles and apparels, airport and port, auto and auto components and micro, medium and small enterprises.

“The secretaries will have to make a short, say five minutes, presentation to the Prime Minister explaining what has their department planned on improving the manufacturing sector and ease of doing business in their respective sectors. These presentations will have to be translated into work as soon as possible,” the official said adding that finance minister Arun Jaitley will be the chief guest at the workshop.

Also attending would be the cabinet secretary and principal secretaries of industry departments of states.

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