NEW DELHI: 21st September 2021-Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that people need to change their thinking regarding business in the country. He said that in 75 years, the country's exports have increased from $ 1.7 billion to $ 300 billion, behind which our mentality and system are responsible. He saluted the traders for the increased exports, and said this seems unreal because of the apathy of the country’s system. He said that the country's system is so indifferent to trade that when the country first made computers, there was no change in the law for its export for 5-6 years and India was exporting computers as typewriters for 5-6 years. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Industries Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday held a discussion with entrepreneurs on the topic of improving export opportunities and production in Delhi. On this occasion Industries Minister Satyendar Jain said that there is neither lack of opportunities nor a lack of space in Delhi. He said that people want to set up industries in Delhi but neither DDA gives them land nor allows them to work and at the same time, instead of helping in increasing the business, it obstructs it. He said this is a major obstacle in the development of industries. It is noteworthy that in the 75th year of independence of the country, in the series of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Industries Department of Delhi Government is organizing a 2-day commerce festival in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).


Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said, “in this commerce festival organized to commemorate the 75th year of the country's independence, we need to think about the shortcomings due to which we have been able to reach only $300 billion in terms of exports. If trade and exports are to be pushed forward at par with that of London and Singapore, then we need to decide our approach for that. Future exports in the country cannot be understood with the help of any data. The sad reality is that students are studying with a mindset to grab jobs as soon as they complete their graduation. Students are brainwashed to become job seekers instead of job providers. If our students only run in the direction to attain jobs in the corporate or IT sector, then who will create jobs for the country? Who will give an upward push to the economy of the country? Who will contribute their part to the eradication of the issue of unemployment in India? These are some of the questions that we need to ask ourselves. Do we want our kids to just become a small part of a corporate company one day or should we prepare them to take risks like an entrepreneur and become change-makers of the society?”

Shri Sisodia said, “India has come a long way in these 75 years and has a long way to go. Delhi has a great capacity in enabling our business community to go global with its exemplary products and top-notch services. Delhi Government is committed to providing all the support needed by our fellow business community in realizing and giving wings to their export dream. No matter how much we make alterations to the data to please our hearts, the fact will still remain the same that our education system is designed in such a way that creates a dream of running behind jobs for the students of our country. Exports can’t increase when 99% of the children graduate from their institutions with a dream of working as an employee under someone. If our country will only produce job-seekers then we should stop dreaming for our country to be pinned on the World Trade Map and Export Map in the future. If the youth are not taught to dream of forming a company, then from where will we get leading entrepreneurs of India?”

Talking about his experiences as a member of the GST Drafting Committee, he said that “in our country, instead of facilitating the GST or other trade laws, traders are not given a substantial amount of appreciation that they actually deserve. In such a situation, why would a parent want their children to do business? They would like their children to do a good job. We have to change this mindset and focus on the ground reality.”

Shri Sisodia further said, “to boost trade and export of the country, attention needs to be paid to 3 things:-
1) Today, there is a major flaw in the government software systems that is not willing to accept new reforms and immediately shows an error. This problem needs to be immediately rectified and enhanced. This is the reason why it took 7 years for the country's first computer to be exported by the name of a computer only, as for these 7 years it was kept in the category of ‘typewriters’.

2) Apart from this, flaws are also present in the software systems of our schools and colleges that need to be corrected. Students are studying with a mindset to grab jobs as soon as they complete their graduation. Students are brainwashed to become job seekers instead of job providers. If our students only run in the direction to attain jobs in the corporate or IT sector, then who will create jobs for the country? Who will give an upward push to the economy of the country? Who will contribute their part to the eradication of the issue of unemployment in India? These are some of the questions that we need to ask ourselves. Do we want our kids to just become a small part of a corporate company one day or should we prepare them to take risks like an entrepreneur and become change-makers of the society?

3) If laws are made on the assumption that the traders are working with the aim to steal, then this will only lead to the creation of a negative mindset for the businessmen. This needs to be immediately changed or else only the export data will increase but the reality will remain the same.”

Shri Sisodia said that “this ‘Vanijya Utsav’ should not remain only as a yearly ritual, but learnings should be generated from here to push the country’s economy forward in the 75th year of independence. On the occasion of the 75th year of independence, we should express our concerns and sprout some learnings of improvement for not only for the Industries Department but also for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and the Government of NCT of Delhi. Within these 2 days, if we are able to generate a vision for India in becoming a trade hub and a leading exporter of the World then I believe that the mission of this commerce festival will be marked as successful. Delhi Government is committed to supporting our business community and will listen to every feedback generated in the vision to improve trade and export potential.”

Shri Sisodia appealed and said that “we all need to move forward with a dream. A dream of becoming a business leader of this nation. Today, even a child studying in the best institutions of the country limits his dreams to working as an employee in big firms in America, Europe, or Japan. Students plan to move out of the country and wish to work abroad instead of creating jobs in our country. We need to change this mindset and strengthen our infrastructure to the extent that the children of America, Europe, and Japan dream of working in a city of India. $300 billion is nothing for our country. We need to keep moving forward without looking back. So, that day is not far when this dream will be fulfilled and its foundation will be built in our schools and colleges.”

Speaking on the occasion, Delhi’s Industries Minister Satyendar Jain said, “Delhi is the heart of the country. In terms of exports, Delhi has not only given quality products and services to the world but is also the biggest exporter of skilled man force working across the globe. Most of the Indian doctors and engineers working abroad are Delhiites. It tells a lot about the potential of Delhi as a state. Delhi has great potential. Delhi has plenty of potential. This is evident from the export business turnover of up to 10 billion dollars. The government should focus on doing the job of an enabler. The export business in Delhi requires quite a lot of space and this space cannot be created within the city all of a sudden. 30 years ago a policy of Decentralization of Services was formulated, at that time, thousands of people traveled from one place to another within Delhi, now that figure has gone up to lakhs. All governments should remove restrictions from export industries, and let businesses prosper and grow.”