New Delhi: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called for creating an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive and urged every Indian to adopt ‘Atm-Nirbhar Bharat’ campaign to transform “Local India” into “Glocal India”.
Speaking at the virtual launch of Elyments mobile app through video conferencing from Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas here, the Vice President said the Atm-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan was aimed at giving a quantum jump to the economic potential of the country by strengthening infrastructure, using modern technologies, enriching human resource, and creating robust supply chains.
‘Atm-Nirbhar Bharat’ Abhiyan was not a call for protectionism or isolationism, but was a launch pad for fostering entrepreneurship, nurturing innovation and creation of an ecosystem for rural-urban symbiotic development, he stressed.
It was for adopting a pragmatic development strategy that would enable the country to recognise and capitalise on its inherent strengths as the country was passing through a crucial moment in history when it was “faced with a number of internal and external challenges”.
“But we should remain resolute in our response to the challenges thrown at us. The Prime Minister has given a call for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ – a self-reliant India. It is a mission to galvanise the forces of growth across the country in various sectors of the economy,” he added.
Dedicating the app to the nation on the occasion of Guru Purnima, he said “New India needs vibrant young thinkers who are willing to experiment and explore. We should innovate not just imitate. Innovation is the watchword for 21st century. We have all the ingredients for success. We need to just connect the dots and create synergies of action.”
Founder of Art of Living, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar, Chairman, Chairman of GMR Group, Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, Yoga Guru, Baba Ramdev, Chairman of Ramoji Group Ch. Ramoji Rao, Chairman, Sumeru Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, A L Rao and other dignitaries joined the app launch virtually via video conferencing.
Talking about the number of internal and external challenges being faced by the country including the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Naidu said, India is passing through a crucial moment in the history, an official statement here said.
He welcomed the Prime Minister announcing the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ on Saturday, saying it would encourage Indian IT specialists to prepare apps for various uses to enhance the people’s quality of life.