CHANDIGARH,13.08.21-“Ease of Doing Business is not only our mantra but bedrock of government policies,” said Ms Vini Mahajan, Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, while addressing a Panel Discussion on ‘Punjab’s Role in a Self-Reliant India’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry over virtual platform, here today.

She said, “We have been guided by the industry on ground level from time to time and I am sure we will continue to receive this guidance. The Government will continue to respond to the need for better skilling of our people. We are working to promote our strength which is the MSME Sector. We should bring in the best models of partnership between Government, Industry and Society. When we all work together, we will use our ‘can do’ spirt and become number one.”

Coinciding with Government of India's preparations to celebrate India’s 75 years of Independence under the banner of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, CII too is celebrating ‘The India@75 Week’ from 8-14 August 2021 through multifarious activities across the regions and states.

Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Past President, CII & Chairman, Hero Enterprise Limited, said, “The government should work on making it easier to do business, rather make Punjab the best state to do business. While the government is spending big on irrigation and power, the spend on infrastructure should also increase. We must focus on bringing technology into every aspect of our lives. We should allow and encourage women to become equal players in growth of Punjab. The need for higher efficiency, lower wastage, need to absorb technology, requires us to reskill our people.

Dr K K Talwar, Advisor Health to Government of Punjab and Former Chairman of MCI & PGIMER, said, “The government is making huge efforts to revive the public health system; however a lot still needs to be done. We have some good private medical colleges and government should support these charitable organisations.

Prof Rajeev Ahuja, Director, IIT, Ropar “We want to create an online platform which will work with low bandwidth and help the younger population in rural India. This way they will be able to watch these online classes without any disturbance. We want to train teachers in rural areas. Our youth has adream and we have to give them a platform and IIT Ropar is providing a platform to the young population. We can drive the country by innovation. We should get more R&D work from industry. We wish to work closely with industry in a 50-50 manner.”

Dr B S Dhillon, Former VC, PAU, Ludhiana, said, “We have to focus on sustainable agriculture solutions without disturbing the livelihoods of farmers.”