The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has sent a questionnaire to all ministries and departments seeking inputs and ideas on the “meaning of Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)” .
The Prime Minister’s Office has also sought inputs on steps to beef up governance, addressing the issue of regional imbalance as a “challenge to Atmanirbharta” and ways to raise the government’s call for “vocal for native” and “native for global.” It has also sought ideas on expanding the MSME sectors and addressing issues of “quality of policies, products and processes.”
The questionnaire sent by the PMO, a copy of which has been reviewed by Hindustan Times must be submitted by all ministries by October 28, according to officials aware of the development.
“India’s GDP is concentrated in major industrial hubs in West and South India and hence there are huge inter regional and intra-regional development gaps. Under Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme the government aims to bridge the hole and set up new industries in these underdeveloped areas,” a senior official said.
“The government has determined to be more aggressive to address the issue of remarkable business imbalance and the strategic implications of the same. Due to this fact, the government will have to look at two things; ending imports of lower end products like pens, mouse pads etc, which we are being imported from China. Domestic production can easily take over such products. The second one will have to be to concentrate on high-end products such as laptops and smartphones manufacturing with strategies such as Phased Manufacturing plan, which used to be highly successful in building India’s auto industry,” said Jaijit Bhattacharya, president of the Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research (CDEP), a think tank.