S’pore dy PM’s ad­vice to Modi: Don’t run sin­gles

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Push­ing eco­nomic re­forms may not be a game but it is all about set­ting the right pace as in cricket, Sin­ga­pore’s deputy prime min­is­ter told the In­dian gov­ern­ment on Fri­day.

“You are on a good bat­ting wicket but you can’t con­tinue this process of scor­ing sin­gles. You got to score fours and sixes ev­ery over and a cen­tury in ev­ery other in­nings,” Thar­man Shan­mu­garat­nam told a packed house of Union min­is­ters and se­nior bu­reau­crats dur­ing a lec­ture on “Trans­form­ing In­dia”.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, seated among the guests in­stead of his des­ig­nated place on the dais, lis­tened at­ten­tively as the Sri Lankan-ori­gin Shan­mu­garat­nam gave a mas­ter­class on the In­dian re­forms, its slow pace and the un­fin­ished agenda.

He said In­dia has to fo­cus on ex­ports to boost the econ­omy and pointed out that though the coun­try had 18% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion, it only ac­counted for 2% of world ex­ports.

“In ev­ery field you have to spread the cul­ture of lead­ing play­ers to the rest of the in­dus­tries. The cul­ture of learn­ing by do­ing, and surely you’ll then have many more PV Sind­hus and Sak­shi Ma­liks in many Olympics,” said the leader of the city-state, one of the top economies in the Asi­aPa­cific.

Inau­gu­rat­ing the lec­ture series, Modi said his gov­ern­ment will seek in­puts from “em­i­nent per­sons who made their na­tions a bet­ter place in the planet” to re­write the In­dia growth story. PM Naren­dra Modi with deputy Prime Min­is­ter of Sin­ga­pore Thar­man on Fri­day.

AFP

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