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PM Addresses Young Entrepreneurs At The "Champions Of Change" Initiative Organized By Niti Aayog

Modi’s interaction is aimed at forging a partnership between the government and young entrepreneurs from across key sectors of the economy to drive growth, a NITI Aayog official.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with 200 CEOs today as part of the ‘Champions of Change’ programme organized by Niti Aayog. This is the second series of the event which started on last Thursday when Modi met the young Business icons where issues such as creation, income growth and innovation in the country were discussed. He urged them to innovate and suggest solutions to improve governance in the country.

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; Energizing a sustainable tomorrow; and Digital India; New India by 2022.

Modi’s interaction is aimed at forging a partnership between the government and young entrepreneurs from across key sectors of the economy to drive growth, a NITI Aayog official.

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 institutionalized 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.

Corporate executives such as Aashish Dhawan, founder and chairman of Central Square Foundation;Rama Kirloskar, MD, Kirloskar Ebara Pumps; Deep Kalra, chairman and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip;  Ananth Narayanan, chief executive of Myntra; Vinod Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland; Hari Menon, founder and chief executive of Bigbasket; Pratt and Whitney India head Palash Roy Choudhury; Alok Bansal, co-founder and chief financial officer of Policy Bazaar, Ritesh Agarwal, founder and chief executive officer at OYO Rooms ,Raman Mittal, Executive Director, Sonalika International Tractors, V Vaidyanathan, Executive Chairman, Capital First attended the event.

The Prime Minister encouraged the entrepreneurs to work towards promoting the social welfare schemes of the Government among their employees.

The Niti Aayog said the country needs private sector investment and jobs. “India's big focus is on creating good jobs,” said Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya. He said the private sector has to deliver to create well-paid, high productivity jobs.

“India is an oasis of growth in a stagnant global economy. The government has so far made massive investments. Now, we need private sector investments,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog.

Shri Narendra Modi said that today there is an "app" for filling every gap and technology and innovation should be harnessed to transform governance. He said ‘decentralized structures’ are important to nurture the rural economy. In this context, he mentioned the role of startups in catalyzing transformation.


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