Record FDIs, forex reserve results of reforms, says Modi
Asking the industry to take full advantage of the atmosphere of trust for India’s development and capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted the domestic industry to enhance its risk-taking appetite as “the country’s economic growth is picking up pace again”.
Assuring all support to the industry, Modi said that India is receiving record foreign direct investment (FDI) because of reforms done in the last few years.
He mentioned that the maze of labour laws has been rationalised into four labour codes; and agriculture, which was treated as a mere means of livelihood, is being connected with the markets through reforms. As a result, he said, India is getting record FDI and FPI and forex reserves are also at an all time high level.
“There was a time when foreign was synonymous with better. Industry big-wigs understand the consequences of such a psychology. Situation was so bad that even indigenous brands developed with great hard work were advertised with foreign names,” he said, while addressing the CII’s annual meeting, and added that the trust of the countrymen is with the products made in India and they want to adopt made in India goods.
The PM said Indian start-ups have the same level of self-confidence as displayed by Indian athletes and sportspersons at Tokyo Olympics. “When today’s youth of India come out on the field, they don’t have any hesitancy in their minds. They want to work hard and take risks. They want to yield results. Yes, we belong to this place — we see this emotion in our youth today,” he said.
He added that investor response has been tremendous for startups and this signals that India has extraordinary opportunities for growth. India now has 60 unicorns, 21 of them reaching that status in the last few months, he noted.
Noting the recent reforms taken by the Government, the Prime Minister said that bringing reforms is a matter of conviction for his government, which is ready to take all risks in the national interest.
“We have taken bold decisions. Reforms continued even during pandemic. The government is doing reforms not out of compulsion but out of conviction,” he said. The PM said that the major responsibility for the success of the self-reliant India campaign lies with the Indian industry.
Highlighting the changes in the approach of the current government and changes in the ways of working of the current setup, he stressed that the new India of today is ready to march with the new world.
“India, which was apprehensive of foreign investment at one point of time, is welcoming investments of all types today. Similarly, tax policies used to induce despondency among the investors, the same India can boast of the world’s most competitive corporate tax and faceless tax system,” he said.
The Prime Minister also emphasized that the government is able to undertake difficult reforms “because for this government, reforms are a matter of conviction not compulsion”.
Referring to the initiatives taken during the monsoon session like The Factoring Regulation amendment Bill, the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Amendment Bill, he said such measures will give a boost to the government’s efforts.
Rectifying the mistakes of the past, the Government did away with the Retrospective Taxation and the initiative will strengthen the trust between the government and the industry, he said.
“Today there is a Government in the country which is ready to take the biggest risk in the interest of the nation...GST was stuck for so many years only because the previous governments could not muster up the courage to take political risks...We are not only implementing GST but today we are also witnessing record GST collection,” he added.