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IFFCO joins PM's Swach Bharat campaign; Pledges Rs 10 crore

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI, Sept 26: IFFCO has become the first from the corporate world to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat campaign by pledging Rs 10 crores.

Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers Ananth Kumar received a letter committing a donation of Rs 10 crore towards Swach Bharat from Indian Farmer’s Fertilizers Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Anant Kumar said IFFCO is committed to making such donation every year as the campaign envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposes separate toilets for girls in every school of the country.

Presenting the letter, IFFCO Managing Director Dr. U.S. Awasthi said “all the five crore members of the IFFCO are committed to the Swach Bharat Campaign as proposed by the Prime Minister.”

Fertiliser Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra, and other officials of the ministry were present on the occasion.

Earlier, Vainkaiyya Naidu, Union Urban Minister said “I have written to all MPs, Chief Ministers to join the campaign of Swach Bharat. I have also written to all business chambers, including CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM to participate.”

An ambitious project by the Prime Minisiter Narendra Modi a sum of Rs 1,96,009 crore has been earmarked for Swach Bharat mission, which will be launched on October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The government is gearing up to launch the programme on a big scale on the October 2 with all ministers, religious bodies, business chambers being asked to participate in the cleanliness campaign on Gandhi Jayanti.

Modi launches Make in India campaign

NEW DELHI, Sept 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched his pet "Make in India" campaign to put India prominently on the global manufacturing map and, in turn, facilitate the inflow of new technology and capital, while creating millions of jobs.

The ambitious scheme, that also puts in place the logistics and systems to address in a timely manner queries of potential investors, was unveiled along with a logo, a portal and brochures on 25 identified growth sectors before Who's Who of the corporate world from India and abroad at the Vigyan Bhavan conference complex here.

The event was watched live in several cities in India and abroad via video conferencing.

Laying out the red carpet before investors, the prime minister said: "After what we have done and what I hear from you, I don't think I need to assure you any further on 'Make in India'." He hoped industry across the globe will take his invite seriously.

He said he was saddened in the past to see scores of Indians leaving the country to seek opportunities elsewhere. People have lost faith in Indian manufacturing and themselves. "We do not want any industrialist being forced to leave India," he said.

"A trust was broken -- that when a policy will be changed, when will the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) come. This is what I heard from all you. The biggest issue is trust. Why don't we trust each other? I want to change that."

The prime minister said for him the term FDI for the domestic industry did not expand to "foreign direct investment" but "first develop India". "We have to create opportunities of employment. If the poor get jobs the purchasing power of families will increase."

Pointing to campaign logo, he said: "This is the step of a Lion... Make in India."

Ahead of the launch of the campaign, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said a number of steps had already been taken by the Modi government to make it easier to do business in India along with the removal or relaxation of foreign equity caps in several areas.

"The processes of applying for licences has been made online, it is 24/7. The validity of such licences has also been extended to three years," Sitharaman said, adding several norms and procedures have also being changed to make it easier to do business in India.

"Make in India is not a slogan but a mission to be accomplished with a single-minded commitment."

At the event some top industrialists and executives, among the 500 who had gathered here, were also invited to make short speeches.

"This programme offers a unique and timely opportunity to make India truly global," Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry said, adding, countries attain high standards with a vibrant industrial economy and the biggest challenge is to create jobs for millions of youth.

Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director of Maruti Suzuki India, said his Japanese group was among the first to invest in India and remains committed to the country. He said he was sure India will eventually become one of the most competitive economies.

"Today we commit ourselves to the 'Make in India' movement that was given to us by our beloved prime minister," Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said. He said the main task before the industry in India was to achieve global competitiveness.

The other speakers included Wipro's Azim Premji, Aditya Birla Group's Kumar Mangalam Birla, ICICI Bank's Chanda Kochhar, Lockheed Martin's Phil Shaw, and ITC's Y.C. Deveshwar.

At 'Make in India' launch, Mukesh Ambani pledges 1.25 lakh jobs

Mukesh AmbaniNEW DELHI, Sept 25: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Thursday described the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" campaign as a "historic" day for Indian industry and said his company will create 1.25 lakh new jobs over the next 12-15 months as part of the movement.

"PM Modi dreams and does, working 14 hours a day and motivates a billion Indians to dream and do," said Mr Ambani, who was among the few corporate honchos to make a speech at the marquee event.

He said the ambitious programme will make India globally competitive and put the country on a fast-growth trajectory. "I firmly believe 8-10 per cent for a long period of time is the right potential for India," he said.

Mr Ambani said the success of India's mission to Mars on Wednesday has shown what India can achieve. India's Mars mission cost less than Rs. 7 per km, which is less than the cost of travel by an auto in major Indian cities, he said.

Mr Ambani, India's richest man, said the outlook of international investors has changed since Mr Modi took charge and he thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership and inspiration to the industry.

Mr Ambani added PM Modi's vision of a digital India will go hand in hand with "Make in India".

IFFCO supports PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign

Dr U S AwasthiNEW DELHI, Sept 25: IFFCO Managing Director, Dr U S Awasthi, is supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious “Make in India” plan.

In his tweet, Dr Awasthi said tweeted “#iffco supports #MakeInIndia. We r presently commissioning #Phosphoric Acid plant in Jordan 4 bringing it 2 #Kandla 2 make DAP NPK in #India.”

The farmers’ cooperative is planning to produce DAP NPK by hauling up phosphoric acid from Jordan plant to Kandla. Make it India has energized the corporate sector as well as cooperative sector.

The new campaign is aimed at attracting both domestic and global companies to set up manufacturing base in India. The government plans to increase the share of manufacturing in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 25% from the current 15%, and also create jobs in the 25 sectors that have been identified by the government for the campaign.

As a part of the launch of the campaign, the government has set up an eight member investor facilitation cell under the ministry of commerce and industry, to facilitate investors looking to make investments in India.

Prime Minister Modi also said that the government wishes to cut the red tape in the processes and lay out a red carpet for the industries and business. The campaign has synchronized all the central government services on one e-platform, the e-biz portal to handle the enquiries from those willing to make investments in the country. The state governments will also be aligned with this website.

During the launch, Modi said, “We all talk about FDI. But I see FDI in a different way. FDI is a huge responsibility upon the entire fellow Indians, as for me FDI stands for First Develop India.”

IFFCO has been trying to keep up with Prime Minister’s vision as is obvious from MD’s tweet. The farmers’ cooperative is planning to produce DAP NPK by hauling up phosphoric acid from Jordan plant to Kandla. Make it India has energized the corporate sector as well as cooperative sector.

 

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