PM, senior ministers to address ASSOCHAM on most critical issues; agriculture, manufacturing to steer India towards USD 5 trillion economy


New Delhi: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and several senior ministers of the Union Cabinet will be addressing captains of Indian industry at an ASSOCHAM Foundation Week programme, beginning today, December 15.

The Foundation Week programme with the theme “India’s resilience: Atmanirbhar roadmap towards USD 5 trillion economy,” will be addressed by the Prime Minister on the concluding day of December 19. ASSOCHAM will also call upon the Prime Minister of India to share his perspective about Indian and global economies with Indian industry.

The week-long programme has been broken down into different sub-themes as Transforming Indian agriculture and the food value chain to be addressed by Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar; India becoming a competitive global manufacturing hub to be addressed by Railway, Commerce and Industry Minister Mr Piyush Goyal.

Participants may receive a flavour of the forthcoming Budget from the address of Finance Minister, Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman while Road Transport and Highways Minister, Mr Nitin Gadkari would be sharing the finer details of the ambitious infrastructure pipeline.

“As a spirited nation, India has braved the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. While the global health crisis affected all the major economies, India’s resolve to reach an inspirational ambition of USD 5 trillion economy remains unshaken under the strong leadership of the Prime Minister,” ASSOCHAM secretary-general, Mr Deepak Sood said.

He also said, “We are grateful to the Prime Minister and all the ministers of his Cabinet for supporting our chamber and addressing our Annual Foundation Week Programme; we could not have asked for more.”

Law and Justice Minister, Mr Ravi Shankar, holding several key portfolios like communication, IT and electronics would be interacting on some of the most topical issues like a boost to electronic manufacturing, productivity linked incentives, digital India and its outreach to rural landscape with the help of technology.

Mrs Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development would be sharing her thoughts on how India can leverage its embedded knowledge and tradition to build a better future.

Yet another critical area of labour reforms would be deliberated threadbare with Labour Minister, Mr Santosh Gangwar. “Labour is very important stakeholders and its welfare is on top of the industry agenda,” the ASSOCHAM secretary-general said.

Several other ministers including – Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel; Mr D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises; Mr Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Tourism and Mr Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) would share their valuable inputs with the industry leaders who, in turn, would put forth their experience of dealing with the pandemic and how the economic recovery is shaping up.

Besides, Goa chief minister, Dr Pramod Sawant would share his views on the theme ‘States Driving the India Growth Agenda’.