Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asserted that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined on making India a developed nation by 2047. She further said that for this the government is focusing on four Is, they are – infrastructure, investment, innovation and inclusiveness.
She said India has the necessary wherewithal to meet the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Besides several investor-friendly reforms undertaken by the government, she said, India has a very vibrant young population and the emphasis on skilling them to suit the requirement of the economy would yield dividends.
With the aim to build India a developed country by 2047, she said “the emphasis has been on four different issues (Is). We are looking at infrastructure (first I) in a very big way. In the last 3 to 5 years, consistently, the public expenditure for infrastructure building has been ramped up significantly and it will reach Rs 10 lakh crore in 2023-24.”
With infrastructure comes investment (second I), she said, adding that emphasis on investment will promote greater participation of both the public and private sector. So, she said, infrastructure is not just going to be physical such as bridges, roads, ports or airports, but also the creation of digital infrastructure is given importance.
“We are looking for both public investment and private investment and creating a necessary environment, the ecosystem as we often refer to for attracting private investment. And the global discussions which are going on blended finance is also something which we’re looking at,” she said at an event organised by CII here.
Pointing out that innovation is the third I, she said, “the government has opened up several areas inclusive of the space, nuclear energy, looking at getting out of fossil fuels. We have enough reason to believe the youth today are giving us solutions, which are very good for the frontier technologies that we’re talking about, as much as for the legacy issues which persist in India for which we need solutions.”
On the fourth I, inclusiveness, she said, “as we aim to reach for the developed nation in 25 years by focussing on inclusiveness, making sure that every section of India, the common man, benefits by everything that we do (whether) investment or reforms are trying to take schemes to the people.”
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