“Global Bodies Now Say India Is World’s Growth Engine”: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Mr Scindia said the government’s effort is to empower every single citizen.

New Delhi:

Global financial organisations are now acknowledging that India, which was a bogey in the train of growth of the world, has today become the engine of growth for the world, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has said.

In an exclusive interview with NDTV, in which he shared his thoughts on the Interim Budget presented earlier in the day, the Civil Aviation Minister claimed India is now producing 15% of the world’s GDP growth and that is the transformation that has come about under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Asked whether there was enough in the Interim Budget to indicate that infrastructure development will remain a core focus for the government, Mr Scindia said, “What will remain the core focus is the rise of India. The move of India under PM Modi to become an Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) country… To become a Vishwaguru (world leader)… to become a Viksit desh (developed country) from a Vikassheel (developing) desh.  Everything as part of the Budget or policymaking… that is the core element around which everything revolves.”

Reiterating what was said by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Budget, Mr Scindia said the government has identified four groups – youth, women, farmers and the economically deprived – and is focusing on empowering them. He said that India will see wholesome growth when these groups, and every single citizen, are empowered. 

Listing out the steps taken by the government for these groups, Mr Scindia mentioned the bill that was passed to reserve one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and State legislative assemblies for women and also pointed out that Triple Talaq had been made illegal. He said women are also being trained to become drone pilots and skill development is taking place.

“There is innovation. There is a new way of thinking. There is bringing international technology right down to the grassroots. The application of drones in the agrarian sector. The application of drones for cadastral surveys (used to establish property boundaries) to get your rights on your property in rural India, which could have never been thought about before. The fact that a citizen in rural India can take a loan based on his cadastral survey (is) something that could never have been contemplated before,” he said. 

The minister emphasised that, for youth, seven IITs and seven IIMs have been set up in the last nine years and a Rs 1 lakh crore fund has been set up for new funds and incubators. 

‘France Wants Indian Tech’

Pointing to the “massive transformation” in India, Mr Scindia spoke about French President Emmanuel Macron being impressed with UPI technology. 

“That video of President Macron in Jaipur with Prime Minister Modi, where he buys the President a cup of tea using the UPI mobile app… President Macron then comments that ‘can you give me this technology’. Here is a case of a Western leader asking for technology from India that is a made-in-India technology,” he said.

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