What is ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’?

By:- Sunil Ganorkar

New Delhi, June 6: ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ literally means Self Sufficient India. We live in times where the concept of ‘Global Village’
i.e., the world is one- is accepted by all.

So it is not possible for any country to be a hundred percent self-sufficient. For some issues, we need the cooperation of other countries and on many occasions, we have to help others.

The slogan of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ given by honorable prime minister Narendra Modi touches the heartstrings of all Indians.

The intended objective of the slogan is to revive the economic activity, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and create new opportunities for growth in sectors like agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), power, coal and mining, defense and aviation, etc.

Having said that, we should note that many slogans have been raised in the last six years but not always successfully implemented.

The recent most example is – ‘Namami Gange’ which means to make the river Ganga totally pollution-free. This slogan was raised some six years ago. A minister was entrusted with the task of cleaning up river Ganga. Quite a lot of progress was made in this regard and to a certain extent, the pollution of river Ganga has been reduced. But, Is the project completed, at least to the extent of seventy-five percent of the target? Nobody can answer this question because this issue is partially forgotten and shelved.

The point which we must bring to the table is – while many popular slogans are raised, their implementation is not completely done. The implementation of the subject is enthusiastically started. After sometime public forgets and the persons responsible for the implementation of the project lose interest. Very rarely is the project pursued up to its completion.

The projects are generally delayed and the cost of implementation shoots up astronomically.

When we talk about ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’, we have to make, all the goods that we import, in our own country.

At the moment the situation is that we are importing many items from China. We even import the ‘rakhis’ which are a part of our festival ‘Rakshabandhan’ from China. The list of imports from China is a very long one. It includes motorcycles, medicines, machinery, mobile phones, and many other items. In the IT industry, many apps like ‘Tiktok’ and software are imported from China. In the defense sector, we are importing planes, rifles, ammunition and a large list of items, from Russia, USA, France, etc.

Although we are making efforts, like manufacturing the aircraft ‘Tejas’ indigenously and some warships and other items also, but this is not enough.

In conclusion, the proper plan should be chalked out for making Bharat ‘Atmanirbhar’. The implementation and execution of Modi’s 5-pillar of self-reliant India should be addressed
diligently and in a way so that the post-COVID-19 era may usher in unprecedented opportunities provided the implementation deficit is adequately addressed.

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