PM exhorts young entrepreneurs to become real `Champions of Change'

18 August 2017

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon the new breed of young entrepreneurs to use their ideas and innovations to energise a sustainable tomorrow and become the real "Champions of Change".

Addressing young entrepreneurs in an initiative organised by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, the prime minister reminded the young groups that societies have evolved through initiatives taken by social activists, especially entrepreneurs.

Six groups of Young Entrepreneurs made presentations before the PM on themes such as Soft Power, Incredible India 2.0, Education and Skill Development, Health and Nutrition, Energising a sustainable tomorrow; Digital India and New India by 2022.

Appreciating the new ideas and innovations envisaged in the presentations made by the entrepreneurs, the prime minister said that in times past, social initiatives had catered to the requirements of people at large, and these movements were spearheaded by eminent people in society.

The prime minister said the "Champions of Change" initiative is an effort to bring together diverse strengths for the benefit of the nation and society and that the government intends to take forward and institutionalise the initiative in the best possible way.

One possibility could be to associate the groups that made presentations today, with the respective departments and ministries in the union government.

Another way, he said, is to recognise those hitherto unknown heroes who helped to transform the society.

He encouraged the entrepreneurs to continue their ideation in their respective groups, which, he said, could go a long way in furthering the cause of governance.

The prime minister also said there is team of senior officers in union government keen to explore new avenues and ways for the betterment of people.

The prime minister said a lot of small changes have been brought in by the union government, which have brought significant results. He said trusting the common man, through self attestation of documents is one such initiative. He also mentioned the abolition of interviews for Group C and D positions in the union government.

''Today there is an "app" for filling every gap,'' Modi said, adding ''technology and innovation should be harnessed to transform governance.'' He said decentralised structures are important to nurture the rural economy. In this context, he mentioned the role of startups in catalysing transformation.

The prime minister emphasised the importance of good teachers in society. He said technology can provide a big boost to the quality of education.

The prime minister encouraged the entrepreneurs to work towards promoting social welfare schemes of the government among their employees.

He emphasised that New India could only be built through the efforts of millions of ordinary citizens. He invited the entrepreneurs to join in this effort.

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