Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the highest decision making body of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ideological mentor, has called for a Bharatiya economic model that is human centric, labour intensive and eco friendly to create more employment opportunities in the country. The proposed economic model lays stress on decentralisation and equitable distribution of benefits and augments village economy, micro scale, small scale and agro based industries.

“The areas like rural employability, unorganized sector employment, employment to women and their overall participation in the economy need to be boosted. Efforts are essential to adapt new technologies and soft skills appropriate to our societal conditions,” the resolution adopted at the three-day meeting of ABPS which ended on March 13 said.

The ABPS wanted India to look at innovative ways to address the challenges of fast changing global economic and technological scenario. “Opportunities of employment and entrepreneurship with emerging digital economy and export possibilities should be keenly explored. We should engage ourselves in manpower training both pre and on job, research and technology innovations, motivation for start ups and green technology ventures etc,” the resolution said.

The RSS body pointed out that the focus should be on manufacturing sectors that have high employment potential can reduce dependence on imports. It also called for fostering entrepreneurs. “An environment conducive of encouraging entrepreneurship should be created by educating and counselling people, especially youth, so that they can come out of mentality of seeking jobs only. Similar entrepreneurial spirit also needs to be fostered among women, village folk and people from remote and tribal areas. Educationists, industry and community leaders, social organizations and other institutions can have effective participation towards this end. For that it is essential that the governmental and other efforts go in tandem with these,” ABPS resolution stated.

The RSS body said that there are many successful models of employment generation takes into account local specialities, talent and requirements already existing in India. “At many such places, entrepreneurs, businessmen, micro finance institutions, self help groups and voluntary organizations have initiated endeavours in the areas of value added products, cooperative sector, direct marketing of local products and skill development etc. These initiatives have encouraged ventures such as handicrafts, food processing, homemade products and family enterprises. After sharing their experience with others, replicating them at places wherever required should be earnestly considered,” the resolution said. Appreciating all the success stories which have been able to generate sustainable work opportunities for a large section of the society including weaker and deprived sections, ABPS said efforts to inculcate spirit of ‘Swadeshi and self reliance’ in the society would give right impetus to such initiatives.

The ABPS meeting took place at Karnavati (Ahmedabad), Gujarat, during March 11-13.

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