New Delhi: India hits export target of $400 billion, or Rs 30 lakh crores, shows that demand for Indian-made items is growing all over the world and Indian supply chains are getting stronger day by day , Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. in his monthly talk on Mann ki Baat radio.
“Last week, we achieved a feat that filled us all with pride. You must have heard that last week India reached its export target of $400 billion or Rs 30 lakh crores. At first instance, this might appear as a matter of economics; but more than the economy, it is linked to the capacity of India, to the potential of India. At one time, India’s export figure was 100 billion dollars, sometimes 150 billion dollars, sometimes 200 dollars… Today, India reaches 400 billion dollars. In a way, this means that the demand for Indian-made items is increasing all over the world; the other meaning is that India’s supply chains are getting stronger day by day… and that has a really big message too. The nation strides forward when its resolutions are bigger than its dreams,” Mr Modi said.
The Prime Minister added: “New and ever-new products from all corners of the country are reaching foreign shores. Leather products from Hailakandi in Assam or handicrafts from Osmanabad, fruits and vegetables from Bijapur or black rice from Chandauli… exports of all these products are increasing. Now you will also find the famous Ladakh apricot in Dubai and in Saudi Arabia you will find bananas shipped from Tamil Nadu. More importantly, a range of new products are being sent to ever newer countries. For example, the first batch of millets grown in Himachal and Uttarakhand was exported to Denmark. Bainganapalli and Subarnarekha mangoes from Krishna and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh were exported to South Korea. Fresh jackfruits from Tripura were exported to London by air and for the first time King Chilli from Nagaland was shipped to London. Similarly, the first batch of Bhalia wheat was exported from Gujarat to Kenya and Sri Lanka. This means that, now, if you go to other countries, Made in India products will be more visible than ever before.
Mr. Modi further added, “This list is very long and the power of ‘Make in India’ is equivalent in power to the breadth of the list. India’s potential is just as great… and the basis of its strength are our farmers, our artisans, our weavers, our engineers, our small entrepreneurs, the MSME sector; people from many different professions, all of them are its real strength. It was only through their hard work that the goal of exporting $400 billion was achieved. I am happy that this Indian people powerhouse is now reaching new markets in every nook and corner of the world. When every Indian speaks out for local, it doesn’t take long for local to become global. Let’s make the local “global” and further increase the prestige of our products.