Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has sought to clear the air around Prime Minister’s self-reliance call, saying it does not mean that India will look only inwards and become an “isolationist” country. She said that the call talks about a confident India which can rest on its strengths and also contribute to the globe. India has the capability and entrepreneurship to built capabilities and help the world, the minister has asserted.
The Prime Minister rightly pointed out the production of PPEs (personal protective equipment), and masks and also ventilators have rapidly grown within these 40 days to an extent,” she averred.
Modi on Tuesday announced a Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package on Tuesday and urged citizens to “buy local” to make India self-reliant. Modi’s call of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ is increasingly seen as a turn towards protectionism.