Modi spells out mantra to compete with China

Modi spells out mantra to compete with China

PM uses Tricolour to set agenda for future growth

Modi spells out mantra to compete with China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday drew corollary from the Tricolour to suggest revolutionary agenda for futuristic growth.

While green signifies unleashing another green revolution for the prime minister, white stands for a white revolution needed to enhance milk production, and saffron represents the energy and focus that should be given to renewable energy sources.

Speaking at a book-launch function at his office-cum-residence at 7, Race Course Road, Modi said “inputs from intellectual think-tanks” should be substantially enhanced for better policy frameworks.

“If India has to compete with China, the focus should be on skill, scale and speed,” said Modi a day before visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is slated to meet him.

The prime minister released the book “Getting India Back on track – An action agenda for reform”, edited by Bibek Debroy, Ashley Tellis and Reece Trevor, and published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

An official release said the prime minister cited the three colours of the National Flag to suggest revolutionary agenda of futuristic growth.

”Beginning with green, we need to bring about a second green revolution—focusing on increased agro-productivity, value-addition, agro-technology and decentralisation of warehousing,” said Modi.

New revolution

Similarly, referring to white, he said a new white revolution must now focus on increasing milk productivity and developing a support system to ensure cattle health.

He also said the saffron colour represents energy, and we need a saffron revolution that focuses on renewable power sources, such as solar energy, to meet India's growing energy demand.

Inspired by the blue colour of the Ashok Chakra, he said a blue revolution should focus on the fisheries sector, including ornamental fish.

Modi also stressed on “i-ways”, as he believes that in future highways would be built based on availability of optical-fibre networks and next-generation infrastructure.

Realising that water scarcity would be a major issue in times to come, the prime minister called for water conservation and stressed on micro-irrigation, which would lead to “more crop per drop”. Production of crops like sugarcane has gone up in Gujarat due to this practice.

At the event, Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence Arun Jaitley said his government cannot afford to miss any opportunity as the international community was looking up to India.