On 12th may PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on COVID- 19 related issues. The PM said India needs to become self-reliant (Aatma nirbhar Bharat) in the post COVID world and announced Rs 20 lakh crore package focusing on land, labour, liquidity, and law. So for supporting this call of aatmanirbhar bharat a body called Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has suggested the use of the swadeshi products like as PM Narendra Modi quote “from being vocal to local”. The RSS suggested providing swadeshi uniforms and food items to the school children which will increase the level of productivity of the local products in the country itself and will decrease the rate of the imported material.
SSUN head Atul Kothari said that if crores of school children will wear swadeshi uniforms, it will help India to increase the revenue rate and people will get employment and will help out many poor people who are not been to get the work and are not able to earn. If swadeshi food items will be given to the school children it will only increase the demand rate of Indian food, which will be very helpful for India’s economy.
To implement this swadeshi uniform idea for this the SSUN has submitted memorandums to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development said that if it’s not possible to all the private schools or other institutes at least make it possible to be implemented in government-run schools.
According to the HRD officials, there are 645 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas with 2, 74, 916 enrolled students; 1,235 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 13, 15,708 students; and over 23,000 CBSE-affiliated schools with over two crore students. So by implementing the idea of swadeshi uniform and food in among these schools it will help to generate the economy of the country and will help millions of people in their employment and they will be able to get jobs and money will stay here in the country as Kothari said.
All schools, colleges, and other institutes have been shut down for more than 2 months due to the pandemic of COVID-19. At this time when the national educational policy was been finalized. Therefore, it has also suggested some changes to the NEP, bearing in mind the changing world scenario due to the pandemic.
Terming the novel coronavirus as “Cheeni corona vishanu” (Chinese coronavirus). The SSUN has suggested giving utmost importance to online education because of these pandemic children should not suffer and their education must go on. They should also be paying attention to skill-based education and to learn while staying at home. One of its major suggestions is to include the “importance of a self-reliant economy” in the syllabus.
By becoming self-reliant India will become the most powerful country by exporting its goods to other countries like China did it to become the most powerful country in the world as countries should be dependent on china to export the goods from China to other countries. But if India will become self-reliant (aatmanirbhar) India can achieve great success in it and will help the other countries too for exporting the goods as Kothari said. He also stated that other countries that will not be able to achieve to become self-reliant where India can become an important destination for their needs. It will help India to have the trust of all other countries.
He cited the example of the drug hydroxychloroquine, which India exported to other countries including the US to help the countries in bad crises of COVID-19. So Since PM Modi announced the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ in his address to the nation last week, there have been glimpses of the push for self-reliance in government announcements that will help in the growth of the country’s economy.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cited many examples as to how India itself manufactures the PPE kits (Personal Protective Equipments) without the help of any other countries. These all PPE kits have been manufactured in India which never happened in India earlier. This shows that country’s self-reliant move towards the aatmanirbhar abhiyaan. The Union home ministry, meanwhile, has decided that the canteens of BSF, CRPF, and other central police forces will sell only ‘swadeshi’ goods.