Be soldiers of development: Modi to 200 CEOs

Addressing over 200 CEOs and startups here, he asked them to work towards increasing agricultural exports and promoting tourism.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Aug 23 2017 12:54AM | Updated Date: Aug 23 2017 12:54AM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a direct pitch to entrepreneurs to become soldiers of development and help India cut down dependence on imports while ensuring it becomes a 'less-cash' economy.

Addressing over 200 CEOs and startups here, he asked them to work towards increasing agricultural exports and promoting tourism.

"Gandhiji made Independence a mass movement. Every government has tried to take India forward. But development has not become a mass movement," Modi said at the 'Champions of Change' initiative organised by the Niti Aayog here.

Calling on the entrepreneurs to become soldiers of development, Modi said that by working together "we can solve several problems the country faces".

Stressing that India needs to move towards becoming a less-cash society, he asked the CEOs to encourage the use of BHIM app for cashless transactions and ensure by 2022 that employees go cashless.

He also asked them to try out khadi coupons as Diwali gifts.

Referring to tourism and its enormous potential in job creation, Modi said: "We Indians don't take pride in our rich heritage. If we begin talking about it with pride, the world will be desperate to visit India."

Six groups of the CEOs made presentations before the prime minister on themes such as Make in India, Doubling Farmers' Income, World Class Infrastructure, Cities of Tomorrow, Reforming the Financial Sector and New India by 2022. 

Among others, the CEO offered suggestions on doubling farmers' income through scrapping of the APMC Act and enabling an open market for agricultural products in India.

A suggestion was also made to transform 700 district headquarters hospitals into medical centres through PPP and hub and spoke mode within a time-bound action plan.