SME Times News Bureau | 31 May, 2020
Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday today said that Indian
economy is on the path of revival and women will play a leading role in the post COVID-19
"Women's economic contribution will be
included going forward, which has been close to negligible till now," he said adding
that women entrepreneurs can become business aggregators in the country.
Addressing a webinar on 'Atmanirbhar Bharat: Inclusive Growth for
Transforming India', Mr Pradhan said, "With COVID-19, technology has
brought equalization in the society. There will be an exponential growth in the
use of technology for conducting business.
the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and with the stimulus packages being announced, the
Central and State governments are working towards securing both lives and
livelihoods of people. He also spoke about the city gas distribution network in
Speaking about the impact of COVID-19, Pradhan said that the world has changed and India has been
able to set a benchmark in such a difficult situation. "India has maintained its supply
chain without any disruption and provided medicines and other essential
commodities to about 120 countries," said Pradhan.
Alluding to the issue of mental health, Mr Pradhan said that earlier it was an
ailment associated with few people. But in today's context, mental health has
assumed greater importance as we have never experienced a situation like
Phookan, President, FLO said that FLO seeks partnership opportunity with the Ministry in
skilling and upskilling of women migrant workers who have been returning to
their home states. She informed that FLO is commissioning a multi-state field
study on COVID-19 impact on women's livelihood in key sectors.
that for an 'Atmanirbhar Bhara', it is important to take the women along. Women
entrepreneurs can play a critical role, if government links various schemes to
promote women entrepreneurs by ensuring that they are provided adequate
financial support, market access, entrepreneurship development, exports and
international cooperation, training and skill development.
She said that as a business chamber working towards the goal of
inclusive growth, FLO's focus is on the role of women in reviving the economy
and making India self-reliant. "I firmly believe that economic empowerment
of women is the most viable solution to integrate women to the developmental
goals of the nation," Phookan added.