Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed 'Mann Ki Baat' today from 11am. 'Mann ki Baat' is the Prime Minister's monthly radio address, which is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month.
The Prime Minister began his speech by congratulating the people of India of a significant feat of achieving the export target of $400 billion.
“India has achieved the export target of $400 billion, i.e. 30 lakh crore rupees. At first instance, it might come across as a matter related to the economy; but more than the economy, it is related to the capability of India, the potential of India. At one time, the figure of exports from India used to be 100 billion, at times 150 billion, sometimes 200 billion…today, India has reached 400 billion dollars,” Modi said.
He said that in a way, this meant the demand for items made in India was increasing all over the world, and that it also signaled the supply chain of India getting stronger by the day.
The nation takes great strides when resolves are bigger than dreams, Prime Minister Modi said. When one's resolve, one’s efforts, become bigger than one’s dreams, success comes to the person on its own, he added
Modi said that new products from all corners of India are reaching other countries.
“Leather products from Hailakandi in Assam or handloom products from Osmanabad, fruits and vegetables from Bijapur or black rice from Chandauli, the exports of all of these are increasing. Now, you will also find the world-famous apricot of Ladakh in Dubai too and in Saudi Arabia, you will find bananas shipped from Tamil Nadu," he said.
Modi also highlighted an array of new products being sent to ever newer countries. “For example, the first consignment of millets grown in Himachal and Uttarakhand was exported to Denmark. Bainganapalli and Subarnarekha mangoes from Krishna and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh were exported to South Korea. Fresh jackfruits from Tripura were exported to London by air and for the first time King Chilli from Nagaland was dispatched to London. Similarly, the first consignment of Bhalia wheat was exported from Gujarat to Kenya and Sri Lanka. This means, now if you go to other countries, Made in India products will be more visible than ever before," he said.
The Prime Minister said that India’s strength are the farmers, artisans, weavers, engineers, small entrepreneurs and the MSME sector and that the goal of exporting to $400 billion has been possible because of them.
“It is only due to their hard work, that the goal of exporting to the tune of $400 billion has been achieved and I am happy that this power of the people of India is now reaching new markets in every nook and corner of the world. When each and every Indian is vocal for local, it does not take long for the local to become global. Let's make the local ‘global’ and augment the prestige of our products further”, he said
The Prime Minister also praised the small entrepreneurs for a major partnership role in government procurement through Government e-Market place i.e. GeM.
“During the last one year through the GeM portal, the government has purchased items worth more than one lakh crore rupees. Close to 1.25 lakh small entrepreneurs, small shopkeepers from every corner of the country have sold their goods directly to the government,” Modi said.
He said that there was a time when only big companies could sell goods to the government, however, the country along with the old systems were also changing.
“Now even the smallest of shopkeepers can sell one’s goods to the government on the GeM Portal – this is the New India. She not only dreams big, but also shows the courage to reach that goal, where no one has reached before. On the basis of this very courage, all of us Indians together will definitely fulfill the dream of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, a self-reliant India,” said Modi.