Indian economy picking up momentum: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the post-budget webinar on ‘Financing for Growth & Aspirational Economy’ in New Delhi on March 08, 2022. (Photo/PIB)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 8, 2022, addressed post-budget webinar on ‘Financing for Growth & Aspirational Economy.

This was the tenth such post-budget webinar addressed by the Prime Minister.

At the outset, the Prime Minister greeted on International Women Day and noted that India has a woman Finance Minister, who has given such a progressive budget.

He said that the Indian economy is once again picking up momentum after a once-in-a-century pandemic and this is a reflection of our economic decisions and strong foundation of the economy.

He said that the government has taken many steps to maintain the momentum of high growth in this budget. 

“By encouraging foreign capital flows, reducing tax on infrastructure investment, creating institutions like NIIF, Gift City, new DFIs, we have tried to accelerate financial and economic growth,” PM Modi said.

“The country’s commitment to the widespread use of digital technology in finance is now reaching the next level. Be it 75 Digital Banking Units or Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs) in 75 districts, they reflect our vision.”

Mentioning the Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to mull over the ways of reducing dependence on other countries by exploring different models of financing the related projects.

He gave the example of PM Gatishakti National Masterplan as one such step.

In the direction of balanced development of the country, the Prime Minister reiterated priority of the schemes such as the Aspirational Districts Programme or the development of eastern India and the North East.

Prime Minister Modi stressed the link between India’s aspirations and the strength of MSME.

“We have done many fundamental reforms and made new schemes to strengthen MSMEs. The success of these reforms is dependent on strengthening their financing,” he said.

He insisted that Industry 4.0 is not possible till the country moves ahead in the fields like fintech, agritech, meditech and skill development.

The help of financial institutions in such areas will take India to new heights in industry 4.0, the Prime Minister said.

He talked at length about the vision of finding sectors where India can figure in the top 3 countries.

He asked whether India can emerge among the top 3 countries in the sectors like construction, startups recently opened up sectors like drones, space, and geo-spatial data. 

For this, he said, it is imperative that our industry and start-up get full support of the financial sector.

  “Our Financing Sector will also have to consider innovative financing and sustainable risk management of new futuristic ideas and initiatives,” PM Modi emphasised.

The Prime Minister stressed that a big base of the Indian economy is a rural economy, and exhorted the gathering to keep the rural economy at the centre of their policies.   

He said India’s aspirations are also linked with natural farming and organic farming

Referring to the work and investment in the health sector, the Prime Minister emphasized that in order to tackle the challenges relating to medical education, it is critical to have more and more medical institutions.

“Can our financial institutions and banks can prioritize this in their business planning,” the Prime Minister asked.

Prime Minister Modi also touched upon the environmental and ecological dimensions of the budget. He reiterated India’s goal of net-zero by 2070 and said that the work in this direction has already started. (Press Release)

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