Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that the country will be developed when the downtrodden and under-privileged sections are uplifted. Naidu further said that we need to have an integrated, multi-dimensional developmental agenda for the development of the country.
Vice President addressed the National SC-ST Hub Confluence organized by the Union Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Making his remarks at the venue, he said that a collective, coordinated action is needed to strengthen the eco-system for promoting SC & ST Entrepreneurs in the country.
“Setting up of Industries is important for the development of our country and it will solve the unemployment problem and increase the income,” he said adding that industry and agriculture are two important factors for the overall development of the country.
While referring to the national discourse, Stand-up, Start-up, Incubation, Innovation said that this should get further momentum and tempo.
“Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Clean India – all these programmes should reach every section and everybody must get their due. Capacity building is important; credit availability is important, technology up-gradation is also important,” he said.
Vice President said that being a bulwark of the Indian economy, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Sector provide one of the largest employers after agriculture.
“It is also one of the major contributors to the country’s GDP. With Make in India envisaging to push contribution of the manufacturing sector to 25 per cent of the GDP by 2022, the MSME sector will be required to play a critical role in achieving the goal, he added.
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram, the Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (I/C), Giriraj Singh, the Minister of State for Finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.