Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi confessed that the Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” flagship is one policy that he wished his Congress party had introduced, even while criticizing it for targeting the wrong audience.
Shreyal Jain, with inputs from Agencies
New Jersey, U.S, September 20: Rahul Gandhi, while addressing students at the Princeton University today, said Prime Minister Modi’s Make-in-India programme is targeting large businesses instead of promoting small and medium-scale business houses.
While asserting that the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) initiative should help small businesses prosper, Rahul said, “In my view, the highlight of the ‘Make in India’ concept and its target concept should be different. So, the prime minister feels that target of the concept should be large businesses but I feel it should be targeting the smaller businesses.”
“The problem is not enough small medium businesses are getting access to the finance, physical system or political system. You have large companies that have a role, but then the small or medium companies should be turning in large companies and that’s not happening. And that is the thing from where jobs are going to come from,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi further emphasized the need of focusing on the agricultural front and unemployment being a major threat to the growth of India.
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He also said that New Delhi needs to work on providing adequate education and health facilities to everyone, irrespective of whether they are rich or poor. Gandhi further averred the need to work on the lines of gender equality.
This address comes days after his ‘India at 70’ speech at the University of California, Berkeley, where he reflected on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy.