Your demands are duly examined, Commerce Minister assures industry

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 27, 2020

Piyush Goyal, Commerce Minister

Import of ‘routine items’ needs to be checked: Piyush Goyal

The Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has assured the Indian industry that its suggestions were being duly examined, and timely action were being taken on the rational and genuine demands.

In a video conference with industry and trade associations on Wednesday, the Minister said that it was very anguishing to note that even for several routine items such as furniture, toys, sports shoes, the country was resorting to imports.

“This is despite the fact that the country has technical prowess as well as skilled manpower. These things need to change,” the Minister said, according to an official release.

Goyal called upon the industry to make efforts in this regard, by thinking about sustainable, out-of-the-box ideas.

He said that ‘Aatamnirbhar Bharat’ will inculcate the spirit of oneness among 130-crore citizens of India. It will also support Indian companies, he added.

This was the fifth such meeting with industry associations since the lockdown. The meeting was planned basically to assess the impact of Covid-19 lockdown and subsequent relaxations on their activities, and take note of their suggestions to put the economy back on tracks, the release said.

Ministers of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash and HS Puri also attended the meeting. Industry associations represented included CII, Ficci, Assocham, Nasscom, PHDCI, CAIT, FISME, Laghu Udyog Bharati, SIAM, ACMA, IMTMA, SICCI, FAMT, ICC and IEEMA.

Published on May 27, 2020

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