Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that as the country ...

Citing the creation of the International Solar Alliance as a “great opportunity”, he noted that Indian companies should invest in the research and development (R&D) for solar equipment manufacturing and solar battery storage which would help companies cater to all the three aspects of “people, planet and profit”. According to him, timely investment in R&D for solar rechargeable batteries would be the next big thing and will give India the edge in this emerging sector. He also asked the Kolkata-based industry body to come up with investments in the segment of jute bags and other accessories as the country moves towards a plastic-free future. Talking of the banking reforms taken by the government in the past few years, he said that those considered “have-nots” also have bank accounts now under the Jan Dhan scheme.

                                       PM INVOKES SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
PM Modi invoked Swami Vivekananda and talked about Bengal’s business revival while making another thrust for self-reliant India. He played to the gallery of West Bengal by suggesting Bengal should take a lead by reviving its manufacturing sector. He reiterated his assertion of turning challenges into opportunities. “Every citizen of this country has resolved to turn this crisis into an opportunity. We have to make this a major turning point for this nation. What is that turning point? A self-reliant India,” he said. The Prime Minister quoted Swami Vivekananda to make his point. “We have to revive the historical excellence of Bengal in the manufacturing sector. We’ve always heard ‘What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow’. We have to take inspiration from this and move forward together,” he remarked. He also said that Bengal should exploit the nationwide campaign against single use plastic to revive its jute industry.








Prime Minister also acknowledged the contribution of the Indian Chamber of Commerce for developing the manufacturing sector in the east and north east India. Asking the industry to move ahead and invest more to achieve growth, he assured them of the Government’s commitment to support businesses and corporates.

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