Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to young chief executive officers and corporate leaders at the Champions of Change Event organized in New Delhi at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, on Tuesday. The event aimed to create a dialogue between the government and startups where everyone from the Government including the PM, the secretaries and the ministers were accessible and eager to listen to their views in a very informal and private manner.
More than 200 young CEO’s and corporate leaders participated in the event where groups of 35 people brainstormed on the six chosen themes. The six themes chosen for the event included New India, Make In India, Cities Of Tomorrow, World Class Infrastructure, Doubling Farmers Income and Fixing Finance. The event was not a one way discussion with speeches from the government but a platform to brainstorm, ask questions and form action plans which would then be presented to the PM in the 10 minutes allotted to them.
Addressing the entrepreneurs present, PM Modi stressed on the need for every person to feel as a part of the government, feel that the country belongs to them and work for its development. Invoking Gandhi and the freedom struggle, he added that a mass movement was needed for India’s development.
The Champions of Change event provided a platform where entrepreneurs were able to discuss pressing issues such as jobs creation, ease of doing business, climate change, tourism, health care, Make in India, innovation and smart cities. Acknowledging the need for proper execution, PM Modi also stated that the different groups of entrepreneurs, which were set up to suggest policy initiatives, could also be attached with the relevant ministries on a permanent basis.
The event signaled the intent of the government to support the champions of change and their commitment to follow up the execution of the ideas submitted by the entrepreneurs to truly transform India.