Aatmanirbhar Bharat Has Become Mantra For New India
On Aug 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the tricolour at the Red
fort to mark India's 74th Independence Day. Addressing the Nation, the PM stated
about several issues ranging from management of the Covid-19 pandemic, measures
to boost domestic manufacturing as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
(ABM), steps to revive the economy with a focus on middle class people. He said
that making farmers self-reliant has been a cornerstone of the ABM and is also
proving to be a value addition to cater to the needs of the global market.
Highlighting key agricultural reforms, he stated that farm trade has been freed
up from all restrictions, enabling farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the
country. By drawing parallels with soap or cloth manufacturers who were able to
sell their products anywhere at will, he said even after over seven decades of
Independence, farmers did not enjoy the freedom to trade their commodities
beyond local markets. He further added that, Aatmanirbhar Bharat does not mean
only reducing dependence on imports, but strengthening India's capacity,
creativity and skills.
Following the 74th Independence Day speech, The PM reiterated the significance
of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and assured full support to fellow Indians during
the need of the hour. Over 130 crore Indians have decided to become 'Aatmanirbhar'
amid the coronavirus pandemic. Becoming Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant) is
mandatory. I am confident that India will realise this dream. I am confident of
the abilities, confidence and potential of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to
do something, we do not rest until we achieve that goal, he asserted.
Notably, The PM said that the Government is prioritising on improving the
overall infrastructure for faster development with the help of National
Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) project and announced that over Rs 110 lakh crore
would be invested in the NIP, Ministry of Finance attributed. Addressing for the
seventh time in a row from the Red Fort, he said there are numerous challenges
in becoming self-reliant, but there are millions of solutions as well.
For this, he stated that more than 7,000 projects have been identified across
various sectors. National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) Project will play a
crucial role in pulling the country out of impact of Covid 19. NIP is a project
that will revolutionise India's infra creation efforts. Many new jobs will be
created, our farmers, youngsters, entrepreneurs will benefit.
He also emphasised that now along with Make in India, we have to move forward
with mantra of Make for World. In his address, the PM stated that the whole
World has been noticing the reforms being pursued in India. As a result, the FDI
inflow has broken all records. India witnessed 18% jump in FDI even during the
Covid pandemic, he asserted.
The PM reiterated in his address Vocal for Local call and stated that India
should strive for meeting needs of the world as well and wondered how long the
country would continue to export raw materials and import finished products. He
remarked that, India has vast natural resources and need of the hour was value
addition. Now we have to move ahead with the mantra of make for the world along
with Make-in-India he asserted.
Who could have imagined that lakhs of crores of rupees would be directly
transferred in the Jan Dhan accounts of the poor in the country? Who could have
thought that such a big change would happen in the APMC Act for the benefit of
farmers? One Nation-One Ration Card, One Nation - One Tax, Insolvency and
Bankruptcy Code and Merger of Banks is the reality of the country today, he
The PM, Seven crore poor families were given free gas cylinders, more than 80
crore people were provided free food with or without ration cards, about 90
thousand crores were directly transferred to bank accounts. Garib Kalyan Rojgar
Abhiyan has also been started to provide employment to poor in their villages.
He said that, This is also the first time when the EMI of a home loan for your
home is getting a rebate of up to 6 lakh rupees during the payment period. Just
last year, a fund of 25 thousand crore rupees has been established to complete
thousands of incomplete houses, the Prime Minister said in his address to the
Nation, the Prime added.
The PM also highlighted that, 40 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened in the country,
about 22 crore accounts are of women only. At the time of Corona, in
April-May-June, about thirty thousand crore of rupees have been directly
transferred to the accounts of women in these three months. In Corona's age, we
have seen what the role of Digital India campaign has been. Just last month,
almost 3 lakh crore rupees have been transacted from BHIM UPI alone, he added.
Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu stated on Aug 15 that, it is time for
an objective introspection. At this juncture, we must ask ourselves what we
aspire to achieve as a nation by 2022. By 2022, India must be aatmanirbhar
(self-reliant) in every sense of the word. We all must work with renewed vigour
and determination to eradicate poverty, end social and gender discrimination and
eliminate corruption, he asserted.
Consequently, The PM on May 12th, 2020, announced the Special economic and
comprehensive package of Rs. 20 lakh crores – equivalent to 10% of India's GDP –
to fight COVID-19 pandemic in India. He gave a clarion call for Aatma Nirbhar
Bharat or Self-Reliant India Movement. This will play an significant role in the
'ABM'. He also listed the five pillars of an 'Atma-nirbhar Bharat'; these pillar
are: economy, infrastructure, system, demography and demand. Thus, such economic
package aims to spur growth and make India self-reliant. Essentially this is to
spurt growth and to build a very self reliant India and that is why this entire
initiative is called Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (ABM).
Written By: Trilok Singh, Currently Studies Masters in Mass Communication
& Journalism at International School of Media and Entertainment Studies, News 24
Campus. MA in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.
Currently, CEO at Youth Darpan Media, IASmind, & India's Journal. Forthcoming
Media House is Online Media 24.
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