Outlining Vision India 2030, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal invoked Indian ethos in the Interim Budget 2019-20.
“Anything which is good is supposed to bestow, cause, create and do good in all ten directions. I will, therefore, layout our vision for ten most important dimensions in 2030,” Goyal said:
1. The first dimension of the Vision India 2030 will be to build physical and social infrastructure for a $10-trillion economy. This will comprise the next generation infrastructure of roads, railways, seaports, airports, urban transport, gas and electric transmission, and inland waterways. Also, to provide every family with a roof on its head, besides providing a healthy, clean, and wholesome environment. “We will also build a quality science-oriented educational system with institutes of excellence providing leadership at the top.”
2. The second dimension of the vision is to create a Digital India reaching every sector of the economy, every corner of the country, and impacting the lives of all Indians. Digital infrastructure and digital economy of 2030 will be built upon the “successes” achieved in recent years in digitisation of the government processes and private transactions. “Our youth will lead us in this endeavour with innumerable startups creating digital India, and millions of jobs in this ecosystem.”
3. Making India a pollution-free nation with green Mother Earth and blue skies are the third dimension of the vision. This India will drive on electric vehicles with renewables becoming a major source of energy supply.
“India will lead the world in the transport revolution through electric vehicles and energy storage devices, bringing down import dependence and ensuring energy security for our people.”
4. Expanding rural industrialisation using modern digital technologies to generate massive employment is the fourth dimension of the vision. This will be built upon ‘Make in India’ approach to developing grass-root level clusters, structures and mechanisms encompassing the MSMEs, village industries and startups spread in every nook and corner of the country. “India is now on the way to becoming a global manufacturing hub in various sectors, including automobiles and electronics, defence and medical devices.”
5. The country’s rivers and water bodies are their life-supporting assets. “Our government has worked vigorously for cleaning river Ganga. The fifth dimension of our vision for India of 2030 is clean rivers, with safe drinking water to all Indians, sustaining and nourishing life and efficient use of water in irrigation using micro-irrigation techniques.”
6. India’s long coastline has the potential of becoming the strength of the economy, particularly through the exploitation of the Blue Economy, to ensure better standards and quality of life for a large number of people living in the coastal areas. “Our efforts in the Sagarmala programme will be scaled up and we will develop other inland waterways faster. Our coastline and our ocean waters powering India’s development and growth is the sixth dimension of our vision.”
7. The seventh dimension of the Vision India 2030 encompasses the outer skies. The space programme – Gaganyaan, India – becoming the launch pad of satellites for the world and placing an Indian astronaut into space by 2022 reflect this dimension of the vision.
8. Making India self-sufficient in food, exporting to the world to meet their food needs, and producing food in the most organic way is the eighth dimension of the vision. High farm production and productivity will be achieved through modern agricultural practices and value addition. An integrated approach towards agro and food processing, preservation, packaging and maintenance of the cold chain will be the focus of attention.
9. A healthy India is the ninth dimension of the vision. “We will be aiming at a healthy society with an environment of health assurance and the support of necessary health infrastructure. “Our Government has rolled out the Ayushman Bharat scheme. By 2030, we will work towards distress-free health care and a functional and comprehensive wellness system for all. Such a healthy India built with the participation of women having equal rights and concern for their safety and empowerment.”
10. The Vision India 2030 can be delivered by Team India – employees working together with the elected government, transforming India into a ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’ nation. This is the tenth dimension. “Our India of 2030 will have a proactive and responsible bureaucracy which will be viewed as friendly to people.”
By Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee
This article was originally published in Jan-Feb 2019 print issue of ‘Sourcing Hardware’ magazine with the heading ‘Imagining India 2030’.