PM inaugurates 'Vanijya Bhawan' and launches NIRYAT portal

Published By : Admin | June 23, 2022 | 10:30 IST
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“Country is moving in the direction of Citizen-Centric Governance”
“Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s policies, decisions, resolve, and their fulfilment were very important in giving direction to independent India”
“Ensuring ease of access for government and its facilities is a major priority”
“Taxpayer is respected only when projects and schemes are completed in stipulated time”
“Transformative progress have taken place in the country from the time of foundation stone laying to inauguration of Vanijya Bhawan”
“Exports play a key role in the transition of a country from developing to developed status”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 'Vanijya Bhawan' and launched the NIRYAT portal in Delhi today. Union Ministers Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Som Prakash and Smt Anupriya Patel were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said today another important step has been taken in the direction of the journey of Citizen-Centric Governance in New India on which the country has been moving for the last 8 years. The country has got the gift of a new and modern commercial building as well as an export portal, one physical and other digital infrastructure, he said.

The Prime Minister noted that today is also the death anniversary of the country's first Industries Minister Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. “His policies, decisions, resolve, and their fulfilment were very important in giving direction to independent India. Today the country is paying its humble tribute to him”, he said.

Referring to the new infrastructure of the Ministry, the Prime Minister said that this is also time to renew the pledge of ease of doing business and through that ‘ease of living’ too. Ease of access, he said, is the link between the two. He said that there should not be any hindrances in communicating with the government and making the government accessible with ease is a major priority of the government. This vision is clearly reflected in the policies of the government, he added.

Referring to many examples of the recent past, the Prime Minister said that in the new work culture of the New India, completion date is part of SoP and is strictly adhered to. He remarked that only when the government's projects do not hang for years and are completed on time, similarly, the government's schemes reach their goals, then only, the taxpayer of the country is respected. Now we also have a modern platform in the form of the PM Gatishakti National Master Plan. He said that this Vanijya Bhawan will give a push to the nations ‘Gati Shakti’.

The Prime Minister cited the new Vanjiya Bhawan as also the symbol of his Government’s achievements in the field of commerce during this period. He recalled that at the time of foundation stone laying, he had stressed the need for innovation and improvement in the Global Innovation Index. Today, India is ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index and is continuously improving. He had also talked about improving ease of doing business at that time , today, more than 32000 unnecessary compliances have been removed. Similarly, GST was new at the time of foundation stone laying of the building, today, 1 lakh crore GST collection per month has become commonplace. In terms of GeM, 9 thousand crore worth rupees order were discussed then, today, more than 45 lakh small entrepreneurs are registered on the portal and orders worth more than 2.25 lakh crore have been placed. The Prime Minister had talked about 120 Mobile units at that time up from just 2 in 2014, today this number has crossed 200. Today India has 2300 registered Fin-tech startups, up from 500, 4 years ago. At the time of the foundation stone laying of the Vanijya Bhawan India used to recognize 8000 startups every year, today, this number is more than 15000, the Prime Minister informed.

The Prime Minister noted that last year, despite the historic global disruptions, India’s exports stood at a total of $ 670 billion i.e. Rs 50 lakh crore. Last year, the country had decided that despite every challenge, it has to cross the threshold of $ 400 billion i.e. 30 lakh crore merchandise export. We crossed this and created a new record of export of $ 418 billion i.e. 31 lakh crore rupees. “Encouraged by this success of the past years, we have now increased our export targets and have doubled our efforts to achieve them. Collective effort of everyone is very necessary to achieve these new goals”, he said, further adding that not only short term but long term targets should be set.

The Prime Minister said that NIRYAT - National Import-Export for Yearly Analysis of Trade portal will help in breaking silos by providing real time data to all stakeholders. “From this portal, important information related to more than 30 commodity groups exported to more than 200 countries of the world will be available. In the coming time, information related to district-wise exports will also be available on this. This will also strengthen the efforts to develop the districts as important centers of exports”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister underlined the role of increasing exports in the transition of a country from developing to developed country. The Prime Minister said that in the last eight years, India has also been continuously increasing its exports and achieving export goals. Better policies to increase exports, easing of the process, and taking products to new markets, have helped a lot. He said that today, every ministry, every department of the government is giving priority to increasing exports with a 'whole of government' approach. Be it the Ministry of MSME or Ministry of External Affairs, Agriculture or Commerce, all are making common efforts for a common goal. “Exports from new areas are increasing. Even from many aspirational districts, exports have now increased manifold. The increase in exports of cotton and handloom products by 55 per cent shows how the work is being done at the grassroot level”, he pointed out.

The Prime Minister said that the government's emphasis on local products through the Vocal for Local campaign, 'One district, one product' scheme, has also helped in increasing exports. Now many of our products are being exported for the first time to new countries of the world. “Our Local is fast becoming Global”, he said citing examples like Sitabhog Mithai being exported to Bahrain, Fresh King Chilli of Nagaland to London, Fresh Burmese grapes of Assam to Dubai, tribal Mahua products from Chattisgarh to France and Khumani of Kargil to Dubai.

Reiterating the steps taken recently the Prime Minister said “We are also helping and emphasizing on GI tagging to connect our farmers, weavers and our traditional products with the export ecosystem.” He also referred to trade deals with UAE and Australia last year and informed that there has been a lot of progress with other countries as well. He praised the Indian diplomatic institutions abroad for working hard to convert a very challenging environment into opportunities for India. “For business, identifying new markets and manufacturing products after identifying their needs is very important for the progress of the country”, he said.

In conclusion, the Prime Minister requested every department to periodically review the portals and platforms that have been developed in recent times. “The goals with which we have developed these tools, how far they are being achieved and if there is a problem then efforts should be made for solving them.”

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Text of PM's Interaction with Indian players for Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
August 13, 2022
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“Due to the splendid hard work of the sportspersons, the country is entering into the Azadi ka Amrit Kaal with an inspiring achievement”
“Athletes inspire the youth of the country to do better not only in sports but also in other sectors”
“You weave the country in unity of thought and goal that was also one the great strength of our freedom struggle”
“The power of the Tricolour was seen in Ukraine where it had become a protective shield not only for Indians but also for the citizens of other countries in getting out of the battlefield”
“We have a responsibility to create a sports ecosystem that is globally excellent, inclusive, diverse and dynamic. No talent should be left behind”

Although it is very motivating for me to talk to everyone, it is not possible to talk to everyone. But I have had the opportunity to keep in touch with many of you in one way or the other and had the opportunity to interact with you on different occasions. But I am glad that you took out time to come to my residence as a member of the family. As every Indian is proud of the success of your accomplishments, I am also proud to be associated with you. You all are very welcome here.

The country is going to complete 75 years of independence after two days. It is a matter of pride that the country is heralding the ‘Amrit Kaal’ of independence with an inspiring achievement by your efforts.

Friends,

Over the last few weeks, the country has made two major achievements in the field of sports. Along with the historic performance in the Commonwealth Games, the country organized Chess Olympiad for the first time. Not only has the country organized a successful event, but it has also delivered an outstanding performance, continuing its rich tradition in chess. I congratulate all the players who participated in the Chess Olympiad and all the medal winners on this occasion today.

Friends,

I promised all of you ahead of the Commonwealth Games that we will celebrate the victory festival together upon your return. It was my belief that you would return home victorious and therefore I made sure to manage my time despite my busy schedule to celebrate victory with you. Today is the occasion to celebrate victory. While I was talking to you, I could see the confidence and courage which has become your identity. Those who won medals and those who are going to win medals in future deserve praise today.

Friends,

I want to tell you one more thing. While all of you were competing there, crores of Indians were staying awake late here due to time difference. The countrymen were fixated on your every action and move till late at night. Many people slept with alarms so that they could remain updated with your performance. People used to constantly check the score, goals and points. All of you have a big role in increasing this interest and attraction towards sports among people and you deserve congratulations for this.

Friends,

It is not possible to make an honest assessment of your performance this time just by the number of medals. So many players were neck-on-neck in different competitions this time. This too is no less than a medal in itself. Well, they might have lagged by point one second or point one centimeter, but we will cover that too. I have full faith in you. I am also excited because we are not only strengthening the sports which have been our strength, but we are also leaving our mark in new sports. I appreciate the efforts, hard work and temperament of both the teams for the way we are regaining our legacy in hockey. Compared to last time, we have scored victories in four new games. From lawn bowls to athletics, there has been phenomenal performance. With this performance, the inclination of youth towards new sports in the country is going to increase a lot. We have to keep on improving our performance like this in the new games. I can see all the old faces in front of me, be it Sharath, Kidambi, Sindhu, Saurabh, Mirabai, Bajrang, Vinesh or Sakshi. All the senior athletes have led as expected and encouraged everyone. And on the other hand, our young athletes have done wonders. The young colleagues I spoke to before the start of the Games have lived up to their promise. Out of those who debuted, 31 teammates won medals. This shows how much the confidence of our youth is increasing today. The spirit of a new India is visible when veteran Sharath dominates and Avinash, Priyanka and Sandeep take on the world's best athletes for the first time. This is the spirit that we are ready for every race and competition. How many times have we seen two Indian players saluting the tricolor on the athletics podium simultaneously? And friends, the whole country is in awe of the performance of our daughters. Just now when I was talking to Pooja, I also mentioned this to her. After watching that emotional video of Pooja, I had said through social media that you don't need to apologize. You are a winner for the country and you just don’t have to compromise on your honesty and hard work. I also said the same thing to Vinesh after the Olympics and I am glad that she put the disappointment behind and did her best. Be it boxing, judo, or wrestling, the way daughters have dominated, it is amazing. Neetu forced the rivals to leave the boxing ring. Under the leadership of Harmanpreet, the Indian cricket team performed well in the inaugural competition itself. The performance of all the players has been excellent, but no one still has the answer to Renuka's swing. Being the top wicket-taker among the legends is no less an achievement. She may have the calmness of Shimla on her face and the innocent smile of the mountains, but her aggression shatters the spirits of big batters. This performance will surely inspire, encourage and motivate the daughters even in remote areas.

Friends,

It is not that you give medals to the country and an opportunity to celebrate and the country to feel proud. Rather, you strengthen the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. You inspire the youth of the country to do better not only in sports but also in other sectors. You all unite the country with one resolve, one goal, which was also a great strength of our freedom struggle. The viewpoint of countless fighters and revolutionaries like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mangal Pandey, Tatya Tope, Lokmanya Tilak, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla Khan and Ramprasad Bismil was different, but the goal was one. Innumerable heroines like Rani Lakshmibai, Jhalkari Bai, Durga Bhabhi, Rani Chennamma, Rani Gaidinliu and Velu Nachiyar fought for freedom breaking every stereotype. Many great tribal fighters like Birsa Munda, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Govind Guru fought against such a mighty army only with their courage and spirit. Many personalities like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Nanaji Deshmukh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee spent their lives to fulfill the dreams of independent India. From the freedom struggle to the way the whole of India collectively tried in the rebuilding of independent India, you also enter the field with the same spirit. Irrespective of the state, district, village, language, you do your best for the pride and prestige of the country. Your driving force is the tricolor and we have seen the power of the tricolor in Ukraine some time ago. The tricolor became a protective shield not only for the Indians, but also for the people of other countries while evacuating them from the battlefield.

Friends,

In recent times, we have done well in other tournaments as well. We have had the most successful performance so far in the World Athletics Championships. There has also been a commendable performance in the World Under-20 Athletics Championships. Similarly, many new records have been made in the World Cadet Wrestling Championship and Para Badminton International tournaments. It is definitely a time of excitement for the Indian sport. There are also many coaches, members of the coaching staff and colleagues associated with sports administration in the country here. Your role in these successes has also been excellent. Your role is very important. But this is the beginning according to me. We are not going to rest on our laurels. The golden era of India's sports is knocking, friends. I am glad that many players who have graduated from the Khelo India platform have done exceptionally well this time. The positive effect of TOPS is also being seen. We have to intensify our efforts to discover new talent and take them to the podium. It is our responsibility to build a sporting ecosystem that is world-class, inclusive, diversified and dynamic. No talent should be left out, because it is the wealth of the country. I would urge all the athletes to prepare for the forthcoming Asian Games and the Olympics. I have another request for you on 75 years of independence. Last time I requested you to encourage children by visiting 75 schools and educational institutions of the country. In the midst of engagements, many colleagues have done this under the Meet the Champion campaign. Keep up this campaign. I urge those who have not been able to make it yet to go as the youth of the country now sees you as a role model and therefore listens carefully to your words. He is eager to apply your advice in his life. Your capability, acceptance and growing respect should also be useful for the younger generation of the country. I once again wish you all the best on this victory journey! Many congratulations! Thank you!