27 July, 2021

‘The World Is Wary of China. It’s Good For Our Country.’

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
‘The World Is Wary of China. It’s Good For Our Country.’

Union minister for MSME, road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari talks to Bhavna Vij-Aurora about the way forward to revive the economy post-COVID-19. Excerpts from the interview:

PM Narendra Modi has announced a Rs 20 lakh crore economic package to help India become self-reliant post-COVID-19. Is it as per your expectations?

We have got more than our expectations, especially with regard to MSMEs. I thank the PM for this historic package. More than 11 crore workers employed in small, cottage and rural industries have been given relief. The MSMEs will not only survive, but continue to grow. Their contribution to the country’s economy is 29 per cent, and it will increase in the years to come. I have interacted with more than 4 crore stakeholders in the past 20 days. It has helped me understand their ground-level problems better. Based on our discussions and their written representations, we identified the problems and made recommendations to the finance minister and the PM. The...

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