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Written by The Financial Express | Updated: Oct 16 2014, 05:48am hrs
Include SMEs in Make in India

This refers to the report, Narendra Modis Make in India plan set to bag US president as brand ambassador (October 13). Finland-based Nokias decision to suspend operations at its Chennais mobile handset plant has sent a disturbing signal. The Make In India campaign seems to have received a body blow with Nokias decision. A public sector unitHMT (time keepers to the nation)has also decided to shut down its plant, after 50 years of operation. This is another body blow to Make in India campaign. HMTs watches and clocks are prized possessions. The e-tailers could have made efforts to sell HMTs products and the government should make every effort to revive the HMT, which is a pride of the nation. Mere hype will not result in the success of the Make in India campaign; what is needed is action on the groundtax reforms and reviving sick public sector units. The problems faced by Nokia are in the public domain. The Make in India campaign should also include vocational training and make entrepreneurs out of educated people instead of job-seekers. Only big investment should not be chased. A friendly atmosphere needs to be created to popularise Indian brands across the world. It is unfortunate that Indias desi brands of mobile phones have not made a dent in the market, except for perhaps Micromax, even though everybody, right from your housemaid to the paanwallah to the chairman of a company, and even kids, have mobile phones. Why our hardware sector in the has not thought of manufacturing mobile phones indigenously and why we should use Japanese, Korean, and Chinese-made mobile phones, when we have the capability to send an orbiter to Mars. Is this not ironical

Deendayal M Lulla

Mumbai

Bad karma

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella ran into trouble

unnecessarily with his good karma comment. Pay for women has always been skewed. The professional sphere is something that women had been kept out for long. So, when the rules of the game were being framed, gender sensitivity was never considered. There are many who say maternity leaves and workplace nursery arrangements mean that women should get less pay and even not hired for many jobs. This is the mindset that needs to be fought and, therefore, Nadella being censured is a just response.

Sumona Pal

Kolkata

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