The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge),  Nirmala Sitharaman witnessing S Radha Chauhan, CEO, GeM and Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII exchange MoU on behalf of GeM SPV and CII
The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Nirmala Sitharaman witnessing S Radha Chauhan, CEO, GeM and Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII exchange MoU on behalf of GeM SPV and CII

GeM-Industry forum to nurture eco-system of ‘Champions of Change’- ‘entrepreneurs in India’

An MoU was signed between Government eMarketplace (GeM) SPV and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in the presence of Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce & Industry Minister at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi. This MoU between GeM and CII is aimed at establishing GeM Samvaad-  a participative and collaborative approach with the industry for promoting Indian industry and entrepreneurship.

S Radha Chauhan, CEO GeM and Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII singed the MoU on behalf of GeM SPV and CII respectively. As part of this initiative GeM & the Indian industry shall work together to create GeM related awareness and onboard industry members from across the country and also create a GeM-Industry Forum for collaboration with the Indian Industry for seeking inputs on the technical specifications of products and SLAs of services to be procured by the Government agencies, improving the quality of products/services procured especially from the MSMEs, organise annual Public Procurement Convention of all stakeholders and set up GeM Resource Centres at CII Regional Offices.

Congratulating GeM and CII for having taken this path-breaking initiative, that will go a long way in promoting the Indian industry and entrepreneurs from across the country, the Minister kept it open for MoUs on similar lines shall also be signed in the future with other Industry associations to nurture eco-system of entrepreneurs in India.

News Update| 17 August 2017| PM addresses entrepreneurs @Niti Aayog’s  ‘Champions of Change’ initiative

PM Narendra Modi addressing the young entrepreneurs at the Champions of Change programme, organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on August 17, 2017.

PM Narendra Modi addressing the young entrepreneurs at the Champions of Change programme, organised by the NITI Aayog, in New Delhi on August 17, 2017.

In line with the emphasis on empowering youth to become job creators- Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Young Entrepreneurs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra.Here six groups of Young Entrepreneurs made presentations before the PM on themes such as – Soft Power: Incredible India 2.0; Education and Skill Development; Health and Nutrition; Energising a sustainable tomorrow; and Digital India; New India by 2022.

Appreciating the new ideas and innovations envisaged in the presentations made by the entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister said, that in times past, social initiatives had catered to the requirements of people at large, and these movements were spearheaded by eminent people in society. The Prime Minister described the “Champions of Change” initiative as one effort to bring together diverse strengths for the benefit of the nation and society.

The Prime Minister said this initiative would be taken forward and institutionalised in the best possible way. One possibility could be to associate the groups that made presentations today, with the respective departments and Ministries in the Union Government. He gave the example of Padma Awards to say how processes can be transformed to recognise hitherto unknown heroes of society.

The Prime Minister said the team of senior officers in Union Government are keen to explore new avenues and ways for the betterment of people. He encouraged the entrepreneurs to continue their ideation in their respective groups.  He said that if they did so, they could go a long way in furthering the cause of governance. The Prime Minister said a lot of small changes have been brought in by the Union Government, which have brought significant results. He said trusting the common man, through self attestation of documents is one such initiative. He also mentioned the abolition of interviews for Group C and D positions in the Union Government.

PM Modi said that today there is an “app” for filling every gap. He said technology and innovation should be harnessed to transform governance. He said decentralised structures are important to nurture the rural economy. In this context, he mentioned the role of startups in catalysing transformation. The Prime Minister also emphasised the importance of good teachers in society. He said technology can provide a big boost to the quality of education.

The Prime Minister encouraged the entrepreneurs to work towards promoting the social welfare schemes of the Government among their employees. He emphasised that New India could only be built through the efforts of crores of ordinary citizens. He invited the entrepreneurs to join in this effort. Several Union Ministers, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, and senior Union Government officers were present on the occasion. The event was coordinated by CEO NITI Aayog,  Amitabh Kant.

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