New Delhi, June 11, 2020: Innovation !!! Asha Kori, your friend Shobai Bhalo Aachhen !!! Serving the country continuously for 95 years is a big thing for any organization or organization in itself.
ICC has contributed to the development of East India and North East,
Especially the manufacturing units there, that is also historical. I congratulate all of you who have contributed for the ICC, every noble.
Friends, ICC has witnessed the fight for independence since its formation in 1925, witnessed the severe famine and food crises and has also been a part of India’s Growth Trajectory.
Now this time this AGM is happening at a time when our country has multiple challenges
Is challenging to
The whole world is fighting the corona virus, India is also fighting, but other types of crises are also constantly standing.
Somewhere Flood’s challenge, Lockest, ‘Pongopa’ havoc, hail somewhere, fire in the oil-field, small earthquake, it is rarely that two Cyclones challenge one after the other in the eastern and western region. Come as
We are all fighting together on all such Fronts. Sometimes time also tests us, tests us. Sometimes many difficulties, many criteria come together.
But we have also experienced that in such a criterion our gratitude,
Guarantees a bright future. How are we dealing with any criterion,
How strongly they are fighting with difficulties, it also determines the opportunities to come.
Friends, it is said here that the losers of the mind lose, the victories won by the mind, that is, our willpower, our willpower determines our path forward. The one who already accepts new opportunities comes before him. But the one who constantly strives for victory,
Along with each other, he moves forward, the more new opportunities come in front of him.
Friends, this is our solidarity, together we face the biggest disaster,
This is our willpower, this is our willpower, our great strength, our great strength as a nation.
The medicine of trouble is strong. Difficult times have always led to India’s determination
Strengthened, energized the Resolve of the countrymen as a Nation,
Has given strength to the resolution. I can see the same expression on your face today,
I can see in the efforts of crores of countrymen. The crisis of Corona remains all over the world.
The whole world is fighting it. Our country is fighting it with the Corona Warriors.
But in the midst of all this, every countryman is also now filled with the resolve that this disaster is to be converted into an opportunity, we have to make it a big turning point of the country.
What is this turning point? Self Reliant India, Self Reliant India. This sense of self-reliance, self-reliance has been lived by every Indian like an aspiration for years.
But still a big wish, a big wish, has been in the mind of every Indian, it has been in the mind. I wish we were self-sufficient in the field of medical equipment! I wish we were self-sufficient in defense manufacturing! I wish we were self-reliant in the Coal and Minerals sector!
Wish we at Edible Oil were self-sufficient in the field of fertilizers! I wish we had Electronic
Self-reliant in manufacturing! I wish we were self-sufficient in Solar Panels, Batteries and Chip Manufacturing. I wish we were self-sufficient in the Aviation Sector
How many such wish, countless wish, have always shaken every Indian.
Friends, this has been a big reason that in the last 5-6 years, India’s goal of self-reliance has been paramount in the policy and practice of the country. Now the Corona Crisis has given us a lesson on how to speed it up. It is from this lesson that the self-sufficient India campaign.
Friends, we see, in the family too, whether a child is a son or a daughter, it turns 18-20 years old.
So we say learn to stand on your feet. In a way, the first lesson of self-sufficient India begins with family. India will also have to stand on its own feet.
Friends, the self-reliant India campaign simply means that India should minimize its dependence on other countries. Everything that countries are forced to import,
How did he become in India, how could he become an India Exporter of those products in future,
We have to work fast in this direction.
Also, everything that makes India’s small entrepreneurs, our handicrafts,
We have to control the trend of getting the same goods from abroad, except the goods which make millions of poor associated with our self-help group, which has been being sold here in the decades, has been sold in the streets and neighborhoods.
We do not only buy things from these small business people, we do not give any money, they reward their hard work, we earn respect. We do not even know how much this affects their heart, how proud they feel.
Therefore, now is the time to be vocal for your local, every village, every town, every district, every state, it is time to make the whole country self-sufficient.
Friends, Swami Vivekananda once wrote in a letter- The simplest method to be worked upon at present is to induce Indians to use their own produce and get markets for Indian art ware in other countries. Swami Vivekananda ji told this path is the inspiration of India in Post Covid world. Now the country has pledged and the country is also taking steps.
The major reforms announced under the Self-Reliant India Campaign are being fast landed.
Whether expanding the scope of definition of MSMEs or arranging thousands of crores of special funds to support MSMEs, these are all becoming the truth today. Decision related to IBC, decision to de-criminalize small mistakes, Fast tracking of investment
For the creation of Project Development Cells, many such works have already been done.
Now industry has come forward to take full advantage of the reforms that have been announced, to make the sectors of all sectors, especially Coal and Miining more competitive.
Young comrades come forward.
The decisions made recently for colleagues, farmers and Rural Economy have freed the agriculture economy from years of slavery. Now the farmers of India get their product,
We have got the freedom to sell our produce anywhere in the country.
The amendments made to the APMC Act, Essential Commodities Act, farmers and
The path of partnership between industry has been opened, it is sure to rejuvenate the farmer and rural economy. These decisions have identified the farmer as a producer and his produce as a product.
Friends, whether to transfer money directly to the bank accounts of the farmers, whether the MSP decides,
Be it their pension scheme, our effort has been to empower the farmers. Now farmers are being helped to grow into a big market force.
Friends, The cluster based approach for Local Products which is now being promoted in India is also an opportunity for everyone. The districts, the blocks in which they are born, the clusters associated with them will be developed nearby. For example, nearby jute based industries will be strengthened for jute farmers of West Bengal.
Modern processing units will be made available in their area to the tribal companions who are collecting vast wealth of forest produce. Along with this, clusters will also be made for Bamboo and Organic Products. The entire North East, like Sikkim, can become a major hub for organic farming. Organic capital can be formed.
Organic farming in the North East can become a big movement if you all traders associated with ICC, you can make its global identity, and can dominate the global market.
Friends, all of you have been working in North East, East India for so many decades. All the steps the government has taken will be of great benefit to the people of East and North East.
I think Kolkata itself can become a very big leader again. Taking inspiration from its old glory, Kolkata may in future lead the development of the entire region.
Who knows better than you that when workers are former, property is former, resources are in the East,
So how fast can this region be developed.
Friends, after 5 years, i.e. in the year 2025, your organization is going to complete its 100 years.
At the same time, in the year 2022, 75 years of independence of the country are going to be completed. This for your organization,
The best time for each of your members is to make a big resolution. I urge you that the ICC should also set 50-100 new targets at its level in order to make a self-reliant India campaign.
These goals should also be of the institution, of every industry and business unit associated with it and also of every person. The more you move towards your goal, the more this campaign is in eastern India,
Will move to the North East.
Friends, we have to revive Bengal’s historical superiority in manufacturing.
We have always heard “What Bengal thinks today, India Thinks Tomorrow”
Taking inspiration from this, we have to move forward.
This time, Plug and Play by removing Indian Economy from Command and Control
To be taken towards This is not the time for Conservative Approach, but it is for Bold Decisions and Bold Investments.
It is time to set up a Globally Competitive Domestic Supply Chain in India.
For this, the industry also needs to help all the stakeholders of its existing supply chain to get out of the crisis and also their hand-holding in Value addition.
Friends, moving forward in the self-reliant India campaign, struggling with the Corona period, the topic of People, Planet and Profit that you have raised in this AGM today is also very important. Some people think that these three are opposites, contradictory to each other.
but it’s not like that. People, Planet and Profit are interlinked to each other. All three can simultaneously flourish, co-exist.
Let me give you some examples. Such as LED bulb. 5-6 years ago an LED bulb
Used to get more than three and a half hundred rupees. Today the same bulb is available for up to 50 rupees. Think, because of the lowering of the price, LED bulbs have reached house to house in crores across the country,
Looked at street lights. This quantity is so large that it has reduced the cost of production and also increased the profit. Who has benefited from this?
People, whose common electricity bill has come down. Today, about 19 thousand crores of countrymen are saved in electricity bills due to LEDs every year.
These savings have been made to the poor, this savings has been made to the middle class of the country.
Planet has also benefited from this. The LED bulbs sold by government agencies at a lower price alone have reduced the emission of about 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
That is, Profit is for both, there is Win-Win Situation for both. If you look at other schemes and decisions of the government, then in the last 5-6 years, people, planet and profit’s
The concept has become stronger on the ground.
Now as you too have seen how much of the government’s emphasis is on Inland Waterways. Waterway from Haldia to Banaras has been commissioned, now waterways are being extended in the North East as well.
People benefit from these waterways, because it reduces the cost of Logistics.
Planet also benefits from these waterways, because it burns less fuel. And we should not forget that it will reduce the import of petrol and diesel, reduce traffic on the road,
Goods will be cheap, goods will arrive by shortest route, buyers and sellers,
Both of them have Profit as Profit.
Friends, there is another campaign going on in India – to free the country from single use plastic. People, Planet and Profit are the only three subject addresses in it.
Especially for West Bengal, it is very beneficial. This increases your chances of growing Jute’s business here. Have you taken advantage of it? Has packaging started to be made from material jute? In a way, all your five fingers are in ghee.
You should take advantage of this opportunity further. If they miss this chance, who will help? Think, when a Jute bag made in West Bengal will be in everyone’s hands,
So how big will the people of Bengal be.
Friends, People Centric, People Driven and Planet Friendly Development
The approach has now become a part of Governance in the country. Which is our Technological
There are interventions, which is also in line with the idea of People, Planet and Profit.
Our Banking Touchless, Contactless, Cashless and 24 into 7 through UPI
Has been able to happen. Transactions from BHIM APP are now creating new records. Rupay card is now becoming the favorite card of poor, farmers, middle class and every section of the country.
When we talk of self-reliant India, why not use Rupay Card with pride?
Friends, now the scope of banking service in the country has also reached those people, who were kept in the category of Have nots for a long time. Through DBT, JAM i.e. Jandhan Aadhaar mobile, it has been possible to provide necessary support to millions of beneficiiciaries without leakage.
Similarly, the Government e-marketplace, ie GeM, connected people with the government
Profit is an opportunity to earn. You are aware that small self help groups, MSMEs, can provide their Goods and their services directly to the Government of India on the GeM platform. Otherwise, an entrepreneur with a turnover of few lakhs could not think that he could sell any goods he had made directly to the central government.
Therefore, I also urge the ICC to motivate your members who are connected manufacturers to join GeM in maximum number.
If every manufacturer connected to you will join GeM, then small businessmen will also be able to sell their product directly to the government.
Friends, when we talk about Planet, you are also seeing that today Aisa, ie
The International Solar Alliance is becoming a major global movement. Solar energy
Efforts are being made to share the benefits that India sees for itself with the whole world. I request all the members of the Indian Chamber of Commerce to have Renewable Energy, the Targets country for the Solar Power Generation,
Expand your Contribution and Investment in it.
Invest in R&D and manufacturing of better Batteries to increase the power storage capacity of the solar panel manufacturing in the country. Handholding of MSMEs of such institutions, who are engaged in this work. In a changing world, Solar Re-chargable Batteries,
Is going to be a huge market. Can India Inc lead it?
India can become a huge HUB in this area.
The ICC and its members, 2022 when India completes 75 years of its independence and 2025 when the ICC completes its hundred years, in the goals associated with these opportunities, also on this subject
Target can be set.
Friends, this is the time to recognize the opportunity, try yourself and move towards new heights. If this is the biggest crisis, then we should take full advantage of it, while learning the biggest from it.
I assure you that the government is fully committed for this, is with you.
Feel free to move forward, with new resolutions, move forward with new faith !!
At the root of self-reliant India is self-confident India.
Guruvar Tagore said in his poem ‘Nooton Juger Bhor’ – “Cholai Cholai Bajbe Joer Meri,
Paer begai poth kete jay korish na ar de “, ie” will proclaim every step forward. Running feet will create a new path. Don’t delay now “.
Think how big this mantra is – running feet will make a new path. When such a big inspiration is in front of us, there is no question of stopping.
I am confident that when you celebrate 100 years of your establishment, when the country celebrates 75 years of its independence, our country will have moved forward on the path of self-reliant India.
Once again, my best wishes to you.
Stay healthy stay safe
Thanks a bundle !
Oh dear Thakben !!!