Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the 95th Annual Plenary session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through video conferencing. In his speech, he said that the contribution of ICC towards the development of industries and manufacturing in the east and north-east is historical and commendable.
Modi said that India is fighting multiple challenges with coronavirus (COVID-19), including floods, locust attacks and earthquakes. He said that due to the challenges thrown at us by the COVID-19 each and every Indian citizen is determined to make the country self-reliant.
In his speech, the prime minister urged the members of the ICC and said that we have to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity for creating Atmanirbhar Bharat. PM Modi said that the country needs to work in the direction to make India an exporter of every product that the country needs. he added that the industry has to take steps to ensure that products which we are forced to import from elsewhere are manufactured in India.
Modi said that the government is briskly implementing the policies to make the country self-reliant. Modi said that the changes made in the APMC Act will help the farmers and villages. He said that the people in the east and north-east India can become the biggest beneficiary of the reforms in the agriculture sector.
Speaking about Bengal, he said that we have to revive the manufacturing sector in West Bengal and added that this is time for bold investments and not conservative decisions.
Modi said that the country is running another mission to make the country free from single-use plastic. It will address the three key things – people, planet and profit. He said that it will especially benefit West Bengal as it will benefit the jute industry here.
Modi also said that our technological innovations are based on people-friendly and environment-friendly approach. He mentioned that citizens were saving Rs 19,000 crore annually by using LED bulbs. Modi also said that through Jan Dhan and Aadhaar, the poor people are directly getting benefits from the government without any leakages.
The prime minister in his speech said that it is time for ICC to set a big target to be achieved by 2025 when it will celebrate its 100 years anniversary.
– with PTI inputs
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