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FICCI Business Digest - - Special Features -

Aago, s the na­tion cel­e­brates the re­turn of Ma­hatma Gandhi to In­dia from South Africa a hun­dred years

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi an­nounced on Jan­uary 8, 2015, the day of the Ma­hatma's re­turn, a string of fa­cil­i­ties for ex­pa­tri­ate In­di­ans that seek to free them of reg­u­la­tions on their ar­rival to In­dia and within the coun­try. The oc­ca­sion was the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas (PBD), or­ga­nized at Gand­hi­na­gar, Gu­jarat, by the Min­istry of Over­seas In­dian Af­fairs in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Youth Af­fairs & Sports and the Gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat. The Prime Min­is­ter, quite ap­pro­pri­ately, de­clared that en­gag­ing with the prava­sis was not a one-way street as "not every­thing should be seen in terms of pounds or dol­lar" and pointed out that over­seas In­di­ans need to be given un­stinted sup­port so that they feel en­thu­si­as­tic in con­tribut­ing to In­dia's de­vel­op­ment. The PBD del­e­gates were ap­prised of the com­pre­hen­sive so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme launched by the Modi Gov­ern­ment which fo­cuses on as­pects such as clean­li­ness, skill de­vel­op­ment and build­ing of smart ci­ties. Through th­ese en­deav­ors the gov­ern­ment aims to trans­form In­dia by get­ting the ba­sics right. Th­ese pro­grammes throw open huge in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and space for fresh ideas and ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing. We carry a re­port and a trib­ute to the Ma­hatma in this is­sue. Glob­al­i­sa­tion has made free flow of goods, ser­vice and ideas pos­si­ble but hu­man mo­bil­ity has re­mained an un­fin­ished busi­ness. To make mi­gra­tion of peo­ple easy, busi­nesses need to play the dual role of a com­mu­ni­ca­tor as well as fa­cil­i­ta­tor. In this con­text, FICCI or­gan­sieda con­fer­ence on 'Mo­bil­ity and The Busi­ness Case for Mi­gra­tion' in New Delhi. This was a first of its kind ini­tia­tive un­der­taken by the cham­ber in as­so­ci­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion and Oracle, to high­light the im­por­tance of mo­bil­ity to busi­nesses. There is room for cheer on the manufacturing front. A sur­vey by FICCI and PwC, 'In­dian Manufacturing Barom­e­ter 2014' re­veals that busi­ness lead­ers in the manufacturing sec­tor are op­ti­mistic about per­for­mance of their busi­nesses and the sec­tor as a whole over the next 12 months. They do not ex­pect any de­cline in their own busi­ness rev­enues or their industry's rev­enue and be­lieve that the stated in­tent of the gov­ern­ment to re­move ob­sta­cles to busi­ness per­for­mance fol­lowed up with ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion on the ground as also eas­ing of the global eco­nomic sce­nario will pro­vide the much needed boost to GDP and the manufacturing sec­tor. We are happy to record that Dr. Jy­ot­sna Suri took over as Pres­i­dent of FICCI at the con­clu­sion of the cham­ber's An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing in De­cem­ber 2014. Dr. Suri is chairperson of the Bharat Ho­tels Ltd. She has been Chairperson of the FICCI Tourism Com­mit­tee for the last five years and the only woman to do so, the only In­dian mem­ber on the In­ter­na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the World Travel and Tourism Coun­cil (WTTC) and Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia. Har­shavard­han Neo­tia, was el­e­vated as Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent and Pankaj R. Pa­tel was elected Vice-Pres­i­dent.

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