Speaking with women self help groups in Mumbai, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj pitched for separate market on the lines of captive market exclusively for women entrepreneurs. Sushma Swaraj is on a two-day interactive tour in Mumbai since Friday to underline the achievements of incumbent Modi-led NDA government at the Centre.
“These women sell their products at single stall that do not fetch proper income and mostly the commodities are unsold. I feel there should be a captive market for these entrepreneurs where they can sell their items conveniently,” she said.
“If the government gets a proper blueprint of production of commodities in large volume, such a market could be developed for thousands of women in Mumbai,” the Union External Affairs minister said.
In her interactions with representatives from educational institutes, power looms, and small scale industries, Swaraj said that government’s Jan Dhan Yojana scheme has “brought India tremendous respect in the international arena”. She also spoke about various other government schemes like Insurance cover at an annual premium of Rs 12.
Talking about the challenges, Swaraj claimed that the NDA government faced four major challenges on foreign front after coming to power.
“Our government successfully evacuated Indians from countries like Ukraine, Iraq, Libya and Yemen”, she told the gathering adding, “Yemen was the most difficult operation. India was requested by 28 countries to evacuate their nationals from Yemen. This is unheard of. We evacuated people from more than 28 countries.”
Swaraj also said that recognition of yoga at the global level and India’s standing among comity of nations has gone up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office.
“Modi ji expressed a desire that June 21 be declared as International Yoga Day. As many as 177 countries backed this desire. Also, on his trip to US, President Barack Obama welcomed Modi ji with open arms. This is the country which did not give him a visa earlier,” she said.
The Union External Affairs minister also talked about initiatives taken by her ministry. She said the process of issuing passport has been simplified and one can get it in as early as 7 days if a person provides key documents Aadhar and PAN card.