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    We don’t need to import from China: Nitin Gadkari


    The minister stated that Western countries are keenly interested to deal with India and not China. This, he said, could help to enhance exports further from the country.

    Lauding the efforts of the government to support MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari said that the change in definition for MSMEs had been a revolutionary step in the history of the sector.
    Emphasising the need to reduce imports and increase exports to achieve the mission of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat,’ Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that India does not need to import from China. “In the auto sector and many items such as agarbattis, we have found solutions. We don't need to import from China. In a lot of items, in place of imports, we are making exports. Our strength is the young talented manpower which is available in the country,” he said.

    Speaking at a virtual event organised by Dun & Bradstreet, ‘Business Enterprises of Tomorrow 2020' with the central theme of Atmanirbhar Bharat, the minister stated that Western countries are keenly interested to deal with India and not China. “In this situation, it is advantageous for the Indian economy and the Indian manufacturing sector to create more exports for the country. We are on track and have already reduced imports from China while our export is increasing. The IITs, engineering colleges and research centres are doing a lot of innovation and we will fulfill requirements of the whole world,” he asserted.

    Elaborating further on his point, Gadkari highlighted that upgradation of technology, reducing costs, improving packaging and presenting products to the world well could help in achieving such objectives. Delving on the role of the government in creating a self-reliant India, the minister stated how Make in India and Made in India is a priority. “We have already decided to make infrastructure of Rs 100 lakh crore. We are now working on alternative fuels such as ethanol, methanol, bio diesel etc. I am confident that we will reduce imports in crude oil. In electronic software too, we are doing a lot of projects such as laptop, computer, mobile phone among others,” he averred.

    Lauding the efforts of the government to support MSMEs, he added that the change in definition for MSMEs had been a revolutionary step in the history of the sector. The ministry of MSME, he said, is working to set up a number of centres of excellence with IITs and NIITs. “The emerging areas in which MSMEs can work are sustainability, green manufacturing, remanufacturing, development of smart villages, e-mobility, robotics and virtual reality,” he revealed.

    The virtual launch also saw the release of two publications unveiled by the minister – ‘Leading SMEs of India 2020’ and ‘Leading Mid-Corporates of India 2020.’

    Delivering the welcome address, Julian Prower, Chairman - India Board & Chief Operations Officer - International, Dun and Bradstreet said, “Governments around the world have made the development of SMEs as one of their top priorities as SMEs create 7 out of every 10 jobs in the market globally. By 2030, 600 million new jobs will be needed to absorb the growing global workforce and SMEs are expected to play a major role in this area."

    While the SME segment of the publication features businesses with annual standalone turnover between Rs 5 crore and Rs 250 crore during FY19, the mid-corporate segment narrows down on businesses between Rs 250 crore and Rs 1,000 crore annual standalone turnover for the same period.
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    8 Comments on this Story

    Advocate Suresh48 days ago
    Though I agree with Shree Nitinji Gadkari,yet I want to invite his attention to group of trading establishments who are securing Chinese material from the holes at China -India bordes.Some have routed material trough other countries.70%
    Indian population needs cheapest material.Therefore,substitue material competing to Chinese materal is to be settled with immediate effect.
    Suresh Dhole,Advocate
    QUEK JOSEPH51 days ago
    Yes, India should work hard and improve all their system and become the next country that could take over China for the manufacturer and assemble country. Even, in the old days, China is the same as India and after they enter WTO they started to grow and more nation started to recognized china. Therefore, India might take a longer time to overtake China. India needs to improve its trust to others, quality, safety and sercurity. I sincerely believed that India could depend on themselves. China and India have their own strength and weakness.
    Sanjeev Lokegaonkar51 days ago
    The Vision is right on target . we will become fully reliable in next 15 years.
    India can give quality products at reasonable price.
    why to buy toxic things from International Land Mafia.they make the workers to work like donkeys.
    China products will never remain permanent cheap as their strategy is to kill talent ,replace it with XRC(Xinping republic of China).
    For E.g once the mothers loose their skill of cooking we all will have to permanently depend on restaurants .
    If you are smart understand the analogy of XRC and don't buy XRC products.
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