Narendra Modi`s advice to IFS officers – Focus on expanding trade, commerce

Modi, in a recent interaction with probationers of Indian Foreign Service outlined the importance of expansion of trade and commerce.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2014, 00:30 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a recent interaction with probationers of Indian Foreign Service outlined the importance of expansion of trade and commerce and said that their focus should be on technology transfer among other things.

As per a report in a leading Daily, the PM highlighted the need of `zero defect manufacturing` and `packaging and presentation` as tools to expand India`s business interests in the global arena to the young IFS officers.
He gave the examples of Indian handicrafts and herbal medicines which were lagging behind as they were not being packaged and presented well. The PM said that though India`s herbal products were best in the world, they lagged behind China`s as they were not being sold in the right manner.

The PM`s another advice to them was to be have proper knowledge of India`s history and the country`s historical links with other countries.

According to a government release, 29 trainee officers from the 2012 IFS batch who called on Modi was the largest group of probationers.

On June 08 Modi had talked of the need to focus on imparting skills to its young population in order to compete with China, apart from bringing revolutionary changes in agriculture and energy sectors.
"If India has to compete with China, the focus should be on skill, scale and speed,” the PM said after launching the book ’Getting India Back on track — an action agenda for reform’ at a function in New Delhi, PTI reported.

He said that the country needs to exploit the demographic dividend as 65 per cent of population was below 35 years of age.

“For this skill development needs to be a priority area,” he said.

With PTI inputs