'Manufacturing key to create jobs and accelerate growth'

India needs to put special focus on manufacturing to create thousands of jobs and accelerate economic growth to 9-10 percent, a top government official said.

New Delhi: India needs to put special focus on manufacturing to create thousands of jobs and accelerate economic growth to 9-10 percent, a top government official said.

Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Amitabh Kant said government would give special attention on manufacturing sector to create jobs.

"We have to create 33,000 jobs a day and that is a challenge ... India has to grow at 9-10 percent for decades and that is a challenge and unless that happens it will be difficult to create jobs and that growth will come only through manufacturing," Kant said here at a Ficci function.

He said government is taking several steps to boost manufacturing and boost economic activities in the country.

"You cannot have growth without jobs...Manufacturing is critical for India and if manufacturing has to grow then India needs to change its mindset," he added.

In the last eight months, government has announced several measures to improve ease of doing business in India.

State governments should also have to work to remove bottlenecks by eliminating paperwork, he said, adding "India is now one of the most liberal economies of the world".

Further, the secretary said that India needs thousands of young innovators and entrepreneurs.

"We needs 1000s of Flipkart's, Snapdeal's and 1000s of young entrepreneurs," he added.

Manufacturing output, which constitutes over 75 percent to the IIP, grew by 3 percent in November, compared to a dip of 2.6 percent in the same month a year ago.

For April to November, the sector saw an output growth of 1.1 percent, compared to a contraction 0.4 percent in the year-ago period.

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