Technology is the foundation upon which a new India will be built: Smriti Zubin Irani

New Delhi: Ms Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Textiles & Women and Child Development, Govt of India today said that with the advent of COVID-19, there is an acceptance that technology is the foundation upon which a new India will be built.

Addressing a special session during the ‘FICCI Global Young Leaders Summit’, Ms Irani said, “While we come together to build our nation resilient, we need to consciously identify our partners and prospects of growth.”

She further added that today we realize that sustainability is not merely an environmental promise but also a business culture that needs to become the cornerstone of our work ethics. “This should become a work ethic that is beneficial to society and commercial enterprises,” Ms Irani added.

Appreciating the FICCI FLO Greater 50% initiative, she said that the initiative trains companies for workplace inclusion, helps in providing digital and financial literacy, legally empowering women not just at the grassroots level but also at the workplace. “What began just five months ago under the aegis of FICCI has today become a project that has transformed the lives of 30,000 women. This initiative is a true endorsement of the Prime Minister’s clarion call to ensure women-led development of India,” Ms Irani emphasized.

Highlighting the potential of young leaders in India, Ms Irani said that Indian young leaders not just inspire many in the country but are also a source of inspiration across the globe. “While on one hand we are busy building future for ourselves, it is imperative for us to plan for the youth as well,” she said.

“Through engagements like FICCI Global Young Leaders, we build a spirit of competition, innovation and competitiveness and we also need to inculcate the desire to strengthen our communities,” Ms Irani added.

Mr Aditya Bagri, Director, Bagrry’s Group said that sustainability will be the corner stone of development as we build our businesses. It is our responsibility to chase not just growth but sustainable growth so that we can build a better future for future generations.

Mr Shashwat Goenka, Chair, FICCI Young Leaders Forum and Sector Head-Retail & FMCG, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group also shared his perspective on the future of youth in India.

 

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