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Women Empowerment is the agenda says Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu

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In order to empower a country it is very important to empower its women folk. And that agenda seems to beat the top of Government’s priority list currently.

With Digital India programme running full swing with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, Union minister Suresh Prabhu recently decided to leverage digital technology to reach out to people across India and address questions from them on Startup India, a government campaign that aims to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and startups in the country.

At a recent event, the minister drew attention to five major points:

'˜If You Have A Good Idea, Not Having A Mentor Shouldn't Get In The Way Of Your Success'

While speaking with the budding entrepreneurs, Mr. Prabhu  emphasised that finding a mentor is important but finding the right mentor is more important. Because,    if one has a good idea, a startup can be successful without a mentor too, while adding that self-confidence is a must for success.

'˜Women's Participation Is Not As High As It Should Be'

He further emphasized on the need to have more and more women joining the work force and entrepreneurial ventures.  The minister said that women's participation is very important not just in startups, but in the Indian economy as a whole. Even though it is not as high as it should be, the government is working on addressing this problem.

'˜Regulations Should Change With Time'

Change is the essence of life and the Union Minister insisted upon the importance of Changing with the changing times.  The minister explained that the government had developed regulations based on an understanding of the market and the system which has prevailed over a period of time. Prabhu believes that regulations must be dynamic and must change with time.

'˜The Commerce Ministry Is Looking At The Development Of Agritech'

While reminding the audience that the government is focused on agriculture and on doubling farmers' income by 2022, the minister said that the commerce ministry has considerable expertise in agro policy. He added that the government is working to enable shipment of perishable products across India. In this context, he said that the aviation ministry was exploring options like airlifting goods to places in India and globally.

'˜We Organise Many Startup Yatra Initiatives'

Explaining government initiatives for students and entrepreneurs, Prabhu said that the government has been organising 'œstartup yatras' '” it recently held one in Gujarat '” to encourage and boost startups. The minister believes that the movement to support startups has to be people-driven, and also wants to create an awareness programme to involve more people in startup initiatives.

The session with the Union Minister was very informative and interesting for all who are looking ahead at various entrepreneurial ventures.

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