Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday made a pitch for “Swadeshi” (Swadeshi) production and said that there is a need to end imports, while exports should increase.
He also suggested setting up an “import option and export-oriented department” with separate funds for this.
The senior BJP leader said that the department should work on the principles of “Swadeshi” and “Swavalamban” (self-sufficiency) and guide the economy.
He was speaking at a virtual event organized by the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, which honored companies that did not repel workers during a coronovirus-induced lockdown.
“I think there is a need to end imports and exports should be increased through the promotion of import-export goods,” he said.
Shri Gadkari said that an alternative fuel economy of Rs 5 lakh crore can be created through rural participation.
He informed the gathering that the business of village industries had increased from Rs 80,000 crore last year to Rs 1 lakh crore and it was targeted to soon take it to Rs 5 lakh crore.
The country was becoming self-sufficient in defense, automobiles and many other sectors and would become the world’s largest e-vehicle manufacturing hub in the next five years, from two-wheeler, three-wheelers and cars to construction equipment.
RSS official Manmohan Vaidya also spoke at the event and emphasized “self-reliance” (self-reliance) and Swadeshi.
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