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Vibrant Gujarat Summit: Narendra Modi urges SMEs to shed defensive approach

Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 3:24pm IST | Place: Gandhinagar | Agency: dna

Says state to come out with a new youth policy.

Chief minister Narendra Modi said that a dedicated unit will be formed in the industries department to cater to patent-related needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the state.
“My government will soon open a patents unit in iNDEXTb (Industrial Extension Bureau) for security of knowledge and innovation of SMEs in the state,” Modi said, while addressing a convention on SMEs on the second day of Vibrant Gujarat Summit on Saturday.

The CM asked SMEs to shed their defensive approach and start aggressive branding and marketing. He also called for framing strategic policy with renewed focus on need-based skill development, technological up-gradation and research to successfully compete in the global market.

Modi also said that though small-scale industries have established their competence in the manufacturing sector, they have not received due importance except some halfhearted piecemeal efforts. He further said that SME sector has been able to fulfill a great national task of providing jobs to lakhs.

Earlier, addressing a huge youth convention, the CM said that sharing of knowledge has become the biggest investment and power of Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Modi said the state government would come out with a new youth policy for empowerment of the youth. Incidentally, Saturday marked the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

“In 1897, Swami Vivekananda asked youths to stop worshiping deities and start working for Mother India for next 50 years. And after 50 years, our nation got freedom. Swamiji had also dreamt of India becoming ‘jagadguru’ (world leader),” he said.

Modi called upon the youth to come out for service of the nation, expressing faith that his dream will come true. He exhorted youths to dream of “not to become something”, but, “to do something” in life.

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