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Self-Reliant India: An Opportunity in The Time of The Pandemic

Self-Reliant India: An Opportunity in The Time of The Pandemic


Author: Harshita Jaiswal Third-year student, School of Law, UPES, Dehradun

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan also is said as Self-Reliant India Mission was authoritatively announced in May to fight the COVID-19-induced economic slowdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing to the nation. The utilisation of the term Atmanirbhar (independent) alludes to Modi’s expectation not exclusively to liberate India from over-dependence on foreign supply-chain networks yet in addition to make a culture of self-governing reasoning and order.

The coronavirus emergency has given us a squeezing motivation to turn the corners and become independent. Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission is the impression of that reason,” said Modi, referring to his administration’s arrangement to be self-reliant in manufacturing.

COVID-19 pandemic had been utilised as a chance to improve the medicinal services offices.

Addressing to the country on the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need of self-reliant India. He said the need was brought home by the absence of local production of individual defensive gear known as personal protective equipment (PPE) when COVID-19 struck. However, India started and immediately increase PPE production & now is in a position to export them. [i]Also, toward the beginning of the coronavirus, there was only one COVID-19 testing lab. Presently there are 1,000, he said. Also, the nation is making more than 30 lakh N95 masks every week. Over 50,000 new ventilators are being made accessible to the healthcare sector, all made inside the nation, he included. Such efforts by our physicians are praised all over the country.

Today, India is the world’s second-biggest market for smartphones. Be that as it may, it does not make any of these phones itself, and makes just a little part of solar-based photovoltaic cells and modules as of now utilised, with aspiring future targets. In this unique situation, the decision by the Indian Government restricting 59 Chinese Apps[ii] is noteworthy articulation. The Central Government is attempting to revive domestic manufacturing with a call for confidence and a decrease in by and massive imports and promoting Atmanirbhar Grand Challenge to make best.

India intends to change over COVID emergency into an opportunity and reinforce its battle by turning out to be independent. Independent India will be acknowledged by – Economy, Infrastructure, System, Demography and Demand. The time has come to get ‘vocal for local’ items and make them worldwide.

Over the last three months, the government has focused on the production of 7,200 new self-help groups (SHGs) for the urban poor, including migrant labourers. The current 12,000 SHGs delivered more than 30 million masks and 120,000 litres of sanitisers. It made work open doors for the urban poor[iii].

The State also amended the Essential Commodities Act to empower farmers to sell to a wide number of buyers. The Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act was likewise altered. Under this battle, an exceptional economic package worth 20 Lakh cr. has been released by the administration, which will profit cottage industry, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), workers, white-collar class, and businesses. To reinforce the Self-reliant India battle Land, Labour, Liquidity and Laws have all been stressed in this package.

He spoke to individuals to limit themselves from purchasing foreign products that are additionally produced in India and accessible by the roadside and in localities. This way, we can encourage and support the efforts of our locals. We do not see the amount of influence they receive when we purchase their items. They feel pleased.

Simultaneously, Bharat (India) focuses on the indigenous character of the plan. With the swadeshi reasoning as the bedrock, the regenerated quest for Atmanirbharta under Modi may permit India to cut a speciality for itself. For India’s drawn-out self-sufficiency, one of the objectives of Modi’s Atmanirbhar Abhiyan is to make India a centre point of manufacturing and investment.

Recently, The Defence Minister has given its decision to embargo the import of 101 items within their timeline which will offer a great opportunity to the Indian manufacturing industry in the defence area[iv].

Self-Reliant India has key foreign policy aspects

Soon, India’s worldwide outlook for economic engagement may rise above from multi-arrangement to pointed-arrangement with many nations that are basic to India’s financial and critical interests in advancing an alternative supply- chain network, permitting it to move away from China. India’s desire to look for a strategically autonomous and pointed-arrangement international strategy is not a sudden development. India has been consenting to several free-trade arrangements (FTAs) or economic partnerships, for example, the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), India-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and India-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement as an approach to upgrade financial associations in the area.

Critically, India and the US are looking to renew their “exclusive partnership” to give special market access to the two countries, Japan also has depicted itself as India’s natural accomplice in Northeast India by investing into a large group of activities incorporating water supply project in Guwahati, the street arranges in Assam-Meghalaya, forest management and agriculture and developmental projects over the locale.

However, even as India has decided to construct a strong economy by seeking privatisation in certain areas, it has stayed firm in its national-security ambition. The administration as of late made changes in the nation’s FDI policy to control “opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions” of Indian organisations, mainly focused at China. India additionally permitted increased FDI limits in such segments as aviation, media (animation), insurance, and single-brand retail. This move, especially regarding the aviation and insurance sector, was an immensely positive since these segments were highly capital-intensive.

In May, the legislature declared changes to boost self-reliance in the defence segment by bringing the FDI up in defence manufacturing (from 49% to 74%) and advancing the utilisation of local-made military equipment, discharging a list of weapons that cannot be imported[v]


Northeast could turn into a vast hub of organic farming and the capital of natural items with its personality in the worldwide market. At the point when Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that for a confident India, people and institutions need to build their proficiency with commitment, exhaustiveness and comprehensiveness, For example, if we talk about the capability of Himachal Pradesh in a post-virus India, the State is completely capable for assuming the main job in satisfying Modi’s fantasy of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and the goals of the individuals of the State. Initially, Himachal’s most incredible quality is its standard assets, which can be a significant source of prosperity. With more than 40,000 herbal species discovered here, countless which have medicinal properties, biodiversity is the trademark .while numerous regions of the world are battling with the absence of necessary infrastructure for healthcare facilities, Himachal is outfitted with some of the best. Furthermore, the manufacturing units of the world’s driving pharmaceutical companies are situated in the State. Altogether, efforts to create Himachal as a significant place for medical tourism, much the same as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru, can be given another force through entrepreneurship For this to occur, local talent and business visionaries of the State should approach.

MEA stated, “We are attempting to permit Indian organisations to open up in new nations and exhibiting clear expertise in venture arranging, plan, and execution.” On the connectivity projects, he said these undertakings help in improving trade with nations and they are power multipliers.

Abilities can be created in basic segments including gadgets, engineering, design among others, while pharma, textiles, diamonds, ornaments, chemicals also can be utilised to fill in

Mr Modi said there should be an improvement in quality and local gracefully chains going ahead. If this is to occur, however, India should make significant course changes in development strategies.

To accomplish “Atmanirbhar” objective, we have to experience some underlying agony. We in specialised training need to make an environment where every academic year we contribute new products/applications to society. We should acquire plans to harness our mechanical ability and advance developing tools for the digital world. We should make our ‘Research & Development and Information centres’ more dynamic, make a Research group involving multidiscipline to work together on Apps development and Digital Solutions and other business items which can be advertised and in this way decrease the import pressure.

The idea of Self-dependent India will help us to mitigate poverty, financial development and advancement in all spheres, prompting significant life and growth.

Disclaimer: Kindly note that the views and opinions expressed are of the author, and not Law Colloquy.