On the inauguration of AIMA’s 41st National Convention today, Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs expressed confidence that India would reinvent its growth story, “The government would remove all obstacles in the path of growth and speed up reforms though the task of reinventing India is challenging but full of opportunities”.
“Basic maladies coming into the way of rise of India have been identified and a systematic redressal initiative is being put in motion by the government”, Mr Naidu said adding “the country is at an inflection point and business as usual model will not work”. The need of the hour is ‘ideas, innovation, investment and implementation’ and next ten years will be crucial for making India rise to its potential, he said.
The Minister emphasised on asset and wealth creation and subsequent wealth distribution through collective efforts, smart leadership and smart management of the country.
Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice, Communications & IT said, “India Talent plus Information Technology (IT) is equal to India Tomorrow and Digital India is going to be a game changer programme”. Digital infrastructure, digital governance and digital empowerment will propel India forward, he said adding that the government is building development scenario on these lines.
Speaking at the Plenary Session on Reprogramming India for Fast Growth : ICT is the Key, Mr Prasad said ,”Power of IT and broadband connectivity is changing India for better and IT potential of the country has become a game changer and it can bring prosperity for the country”.
Earlier, delivering the Welcome address, Ms Preetha Reddy, President AIMA and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group said that the 41st AIMA Convention has given us an opportunity to deliberate on future plans, reassess our priorities, plan investment in capabilities and build a more inclusive India. She also welcomed a special 15 member delegation from Pakistan led by Mr. Mohammad Zubair, Minister of State & Chairman of Privatization Commission.
Mr. Sudhir Jalan, Convention Chairman and Chairman, Neo Foods Pvt Ltd, in his address said that we need to harness our latent talents and skills to reinvent India. “If we add dil and dimaag to democracy, demography and demand, then these five factors would see India emerge as a leader in the world”, he said.