Will making India a $5 trillion economy bring real change, asks Manish Sisodia
NEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday questioned whether the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's target of making India a USD 5 trillion economy would bring any real change on the ground given that 85 percent of the country's resources are still in the hands of 15 percent select few.
The Deputy Chief Minister also asked whether people want a progressive nation or a regressive one and be content with just memories of the country's past glories.
The AAP leader was speaking about 'What will be the Picture of Future India' organised here. "In the Union Budget, the government announced making India a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years will be a priority. Jubilation and celebrations marked the announcement and those who did not celebrate were criticised. I have no doubts that India will become a USD 5 trillion economy, but not just because the government says so, but because I believe that the countrymen will make it so," he said.
"Today, we are a USD 2.7 trillion economy and very close to achieving the USD 5 trillion target. Ten years back, we were USD 1.2 trillion. But when you are asked to celebrate, the question arises what changes shall we see in the country in this economy, as 85 percent of all resources is still in the hands of 15 percent few people," Sisodia added.
"Will this situation get corrected in the USD 5 trillion economy or remain the same? We have to decide whether we want to be a forward-looking nation or remain content remembering our past glories. We have two options before us, and I want to see my nation be a forward-looking one. It depends on you (people) what to choose as what we will collectively decide will become our destiny," he said.
Sisodia said there was a need to work in the fields of education and healthcare in order to bring real difference in the lives of people, rather than celebrating the USD 5 trillion economy target.
"The aim of a religion should be spreading peace and harmony and not disharmony. Women should be given respect not just in books, but in real life. The government and elections should be a medium and not an end. Farmers should be able to live in dignity...This is
the kind of India we need. We need to question the above factors as the dream and enthusiasm of the USD 5 trillion economy is lacklustre and incomplete," he said.