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29th April, 2004
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CII to launch drive to tackle ‘India Pining’ factor


UNI Mumbai April 28: The corporate sector spearheaded by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) plans to launch a collective initiative to counter the “India Pining” factor driven by poverty, illiteracy, water scarcity and disease which threatens to take the sheen off the “India Shining” image.

All major industries are planning to come together on a common platform to fight against the “India Pining” factor which steals the charm of “India Shining” factor, CII president and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd managing director, Mr Anand Mahindra told UNI today.

Talking on the sidelines of the 96th AGM of Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) here, Mr Mahindra noted “the organisations like CII, IMC, Assocham, FICCI have some common things to fight against. Therefore we are planning to come together on a common platform. Our main objective and thrust will be work on the areas like school education, health care, poverty alleviation and urban renovation”.

Mr Mahindra said that it is sad to note that 50 women died in a stampede for sarees which were not worth more than Rs 50. India, though, is in its “shining” mode and the economic indicators are really excellent.

In the middle of this century, India will be having a excellent working population with an average age of 25 years and the country will take the lead in the international economic scenario, he said striking an optimistic note.

“Though India is ‘shining’, it is unfortunate that three-fourths of Indians are not getting enough water and four million of Indians are affected by HIV. Mere ‘swaraj’ is not our birth right but quality is also our birth right”, Mr Mahindra emphasized.

An unified industry will fight against all these odds including the water crisis and anti-social elements, Mr Mahindra said.

“Significantly, manufacturing is lying as still an undiscovered jewel of India. To make India shine, it would have to have a vibrant manufacturing sector”, Mr Mahindra noted.

Elaborating on the Indian success story, Mr Mahindra said that nation has got two tales to tell — ‘India is shining’ and ‘India is pining’. While ‘India Shining’ is all about 10.4 per cent GDP growth in last quarter, the ‘India Pining’ saga depicts the story of 35 per cent of illiterate population and 20 per cent of children without education among other drawbacks, Mr Mahindra said.

Source: Navhind Times.com

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