Manufacturers must ensure that products meet global standards: PM Modi
With the focus on self-sufficiency and indigenous production, manufacturers must ensure that their products meet global standards, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
In his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, the prime minister said this is an opportune time to work in the spirit of “zero effect, zero defect”.
“I urge the manufacturers and industry leaders of the country … the people of the country have taken a firm step … taking a bold step forward … the voice of the local is resounding in each and every one of the homes … in such a scenario, it is time to ensure that our products meet global standards. What is best globally; we should do it in India and prove it. For that, our entrepreneurial friends have to come forward. Startups also have to emerge, ”he said.
To give a boost to indigenous production after the coronavirus pandemic, the Union government has announced an economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. The prime minister also issued the call for “voice for local” to reduce dependence on imports.
Referring to the increased demand for local products, Prime Minister Modi said that a growing trend of customers demanding toys made in India is a great transformation in mindset.
“A great change has started in the minds of our compatriots… that too within a year. It is not easy to assess this change. Even economists couldn’t evaluate it on its parameters, ”he said.
Geographical indication, or GI, labeling for agricultural products will also help in creating a self-sufficient India, the prime minister said, citing the example of Kashmir saffron. The prime minister said: “… After obtaining the GI label certificate, Kashmiri Saffron was launched in a supermarket in Dubai. Now your exports will get a boost. This will further strengthen our efforts to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat. This will especially benefit farmers who grow saffron ”
The Prime Minister also spoke of the need to preserve the culture and heritage of India and recalled how the sons of Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, Sahibzade Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh sacrificed their lives to protect culture, civilization and the millenary traditions of the country of the cruel faults of tyrants and torturers ”.
“The tyrants wanted Sahibzade to renounce his faith; abandon the teachings of the great Guru tradition. But our sahibzade showed amazing courage and determination even at that tender age. During the cloistering, the stones began to accumulate, gradually increasing the height of the wall ……. Death staring at his face …… despite that, they didn’t move a bit. It was on this very day that Guru Gobind Singh ji’s mother, Mata Gujari, achieved martyrdom, ”he said.
He also referred to his visit to Gurudwara Rakabganj last week where he paid tribute to Guru Tegh Bahadur. The visit came amid ongoing protests by a large section of farmers in Haryana and Punjab against agricultural laws. These farmer agitators have been demanding the repeal of the farm laws.
“During this same month, inspired by Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji, many people sleep on the ground. People remember the supreme sacrifices made by members of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji’s family with immense reverence, ”he said.
In the last radio broadcast of the year, the Prime Minister also said that the number of leopards in India has increased by more than 60% between 2014 and 2018. He called it an achievement, he said, among the states with the maximum population of leopards, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are the first in order.