How a fal­ter­ing na­tion can re­claim the In­dia Story

India Today - - WINNING -

Anil Agar­wal

En­ergy se­cu­rity is im­por­tant. In­dia has abun­dant re­sources, what it needs is re­form. We have given the world some of the best IT, au­to­mo­bile and tele­com com­pa­nies. It’s now time to fo­cus on nat­u­ral re­sources and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. The next govern­ment should pro­vide strong, de­ci­sive lead­er­ship. The govern­ment should sell 51 per cent stake in pub­lic sec­tor firms. Let these firms be run by CEOs who are an­swer­able to share­hold­ers. We need to have at least 20 more firms of the size and ca­pa­bil­ity of Cairn In­dia.

Anand Sharma

In­dia can­not do with­out re­turn­ing to a growth rate of 8-9 per cent. We are ca­pa­ble of do­ing it. In a di­verse and plu­ral­is­tic coun­try such as ours, we must en­sure that ben­e­fits of eco­nomic growth also reach the dis­ad­van­taged sec­tions. Trickle down ef­fect works in rich coun­tries, not in ours. More than 15 mil­lion young In­di­ans join the na­tion’s work­force ev­ery year. We have to cre­ate jobs for them and plan and build cities of the fu­ture. In­dia sits on the third largest iron ore re­serves in the world but we have not been min­ing enough.

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