Manufacturing India: a new hope

On many a digital media news related webs for almost the whole of fortnight, all the headlines are about AAP. Let me give you one on NDTV.com on January 14, 2013 at 5.45 AM:

@’Janata darbar’ was my idea: Nitish Kumar
@AAP demands probe against Robert Vadra
@Prashant Bhushan press conference disrupted by man shouting ‘traitor’
@Security for Aam Aadmi first, not me: Kejriwal
@Traffic cop apologises after AAP fights for man who was thrashed

Even most of the four of five top video clips are also about AAP.

@After deriding Rahul’s Dalit house calls, Kumar Vishwas does the same
Aam Aadmi Party leader visits Sunita, whose family hosted Rahul Gandhi in 2008.
@Kumar Vishwas challenges Rahul Gandhi to a debate.
@Kejriwal ends janta darbars, says he will go to the people instead.
@Arvind Kejriwal pulls the plug on FDI in retail stores in Delhi.

Is it not too much and perhaps ‘undemocratic’? Many a times it appears media is playing a more than required role in promoting AAP, perhaps because of its TRP value or because a number of media men are already in its key ministerial positions.

Congress is still on back foot, and every news report reveals why it couldn’t move fast on projects that could have pushed up the growth and ended the perceived policy paralysis in the government. Indian Express had an interesting news report:
“As new Environment Minister Veerappa Moily took charge at Paryavaran Bhavan, nearly 350 files were found to have been held back by predecessor Jayanthi Natarajan and her office. Documents accessed by The Indian Express show that as many as 180 of these files, returned from her residence on December 22, 23 and 24, were unsigned. But 119 were signed files which were still held back by the minister for some reason, while another 50 signed ones were retained by her staff. As many as 28 of these went to her in 2012, while two-three date back to 2011.”

Still yesterday night Jayanti Natrajan on a TV show kept on denying the charges against her as Modi had coined and come out with a new word ‘Jayanti Tax’ in his Goa rally on last Sunday.

With all the disgusting news reports mentioned above, I could not continue with the political news. I wanted to find some that can make me happy and hopeful. Here below are some related to manufacturing sector and agriculture that gave me hope as it related to a priority that can only save the country.

“India needs to successfully compete in open international markets. For this, we must build a competitive advantage by improving the quality of our industry and manufacturing sector.” With his record in Gujarat, I am hopeful NaMo understands the role of manufacturing sector for India and shall come out to make the country strong and globally competitive in manufacturing sector that has the potential of large scale employment.

All the big manufacturing companies in India must aim for a revenue of at least 30 percent coming from exports. Some companies are already trying for the same.

“Exports are a major area the company (Bajaj Electricals)wants to explore as customers are ready to pay a premium if it is India-made product. This (fiscal) year we will end with about Rs.45 crore of turnover from exports, which is roughly around 1% (of Rs.453.93 crore total revenue from the Consumer Durables vertical as on 30th September), and will increase it to around Rs.100 crore by next year,” said Anant Bajaj, joint managing director.

And perhaps a thrust on micro and small scale manufacturing will be essential. Manufacturing must reach every household in India with skill training and right governmental encouragement. Traders must assist such enterprises to succeed.

“Micro and small enterprises constitute 95 per cent of total working enterprises. CMSME will help reach out to companies having a turnover of less than Rs 10 crore, including start-ups. Concerted efforts of the private and public sector can provide the impetus to double MSME exports from the present 36 per cent of total exports, and this will ultimately lead to further increase in MSME contribution in industrial output.”

Another success story that has got little attention of media is about agriculture growth. The media must cover it more to encourage the farming community.

“Fortunately, the country has managed to put in place an extensive network of agricultural research organisations which is counted among the best in the world. It comprises nearly 100 ICAR institutes, numerous national and zonal-coordinated research projects and 637 Krishi Vigyan Kendras besides 65 agricultural universities. Interestingly, ICAR has become one of the first government departments to obtain the IS/ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification.”

“Going by the estimates made by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the average per-hectare yields of food crops have risen by 19.22 per cent between 2003 and 2013. Among different food crops, rice has witnessed a productivity jump of 14.15 per cent, wheat 15.73 per cent and coarse cereals 13.47 per cent. Maize, which has found new uses in poultry and starch manufacturing sectors, has witnessed a remarkable yield advance of over 21 per cent. The per-hectare output of even oilseeds and pulses has gone up by over nine per cent during this period.”

India’s grain production rose from 218 million tonnes in 2009-10 to 255 million tonnes in 2012-13.

And R&D as well as adoption of technology has played a significant role.

I wish AAP wave or tornado must not derail or slow further the Indian growth vehicles. There is hardly any positive indication in the way AAP is moving.

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