Make in India: It’s Repercussions on Indian Economy

In the past decade, India has faced many challenges in terms of its future growth. These include rising unemployment, declining foreign investment, a growing youth population desperately seeking equal work opportunities (over half of India’s 1.2 billion citizens are under the age of 26), and an unbalanced trade history.

The election results demonstrated that Indians agreed with Modi’s affirmation that these element were ephemeralapplication limiting India’s capability to compete on the world stage, but instead there should be favourable circumstancespresent to fix the country’s well-chronicled problems.

With Indian manufacturing at a deplorabledead end, the goals of the campaign were elementary.

Modi has evolved this campaign as a practical and streamlined method to attract companies to India for the purpose of making their products, rather than merely marketing them there.

Effect on Manufacturing Sector

The main and the prime motive of Make in India campaign is to strengthen the manufacturing sector. This campaign mainly focuses on this sector just because there is a lot of scope of growth, employment, and contribution in the economy from this sector.

The main initiative is to make India, a global manufacturing hub. The main thrust of this campaign would be on reducing waiting period of clearance for the manufacturing projects, create requisite infrastructure, and encourage easy way for the corporate firms to do business in India.

The aim was to increase the contribution of the manufacturing sector up to 25% in the Gross Domestic Product of the country’s economy. But, there is not much progress evident as far as the employment is concerned. In fact, IT industry is still on the top in terms of employment.

Effect on IT Sector

Everybody is aware of the growth that the IT sector is witnessing in the present era. If there is one sector in India that is developing at a rapid speed, then that is IT sector.

India proudly holds the third position in the list of start-up hubs. India has encouraged 4200 start-ups in the country. And, the total revenue of this sector is USD 130 Million.

With the help of Make in India, this sector has witnessed the highest growth since last five years. The sector has registered approximately 13.5% growth.

The aim of the government for investing in this sector is to make India, a technology driven country. The Digital India campaign of the government focuses on providing mobile connectivity throughout the country, making every government process technological, and e-delivery of citizen services.

The government is going to set up various IT services, software product companies, and service centres. The investment will also be on the services that are growing rapidly, like data analytics, knowledge services, legal services, cloud-based services.

If everything goes right, then very soon, India will be a country of technology. With the development in IT sector, employment opportunities will rise, and the people will become more knowledgeable about the technology.

Effect on Construction Sector

The real estate sector of the country is the second-largest sector. The employment statistics in this sector is more than 35 million. The approximate share of this sector in the GDP was 62%-63% in 2009-10 and the government intends to increase this contribution up to 70%-75% by 2030.

According to the 2011 Census, approximately 377 Million populations is currently residing in the urban sector of the country, while the campaign aims at increasing this number up to 590 Million by 2030.

The campaign also focuses on bringing worldwide investment for this sector, which eventually will lead to better housing facilities for the people of India. One of the major reasons for such a wide investment in this sector can be that the real estate sector is going to be responsible for providing better infrastructure for the companies that will invest in the manufacturing sector. The private sectors will be funding 40% of the amount. 45% of the investment will be used in the construction activities and 20% will be invested to make the sector more advanced.

India is one of those countries that have an acute shortage of the residential houses. According to a survey done in 2012, the rural areas of the country lack 47.4 million units of housing. Moreover, the present urban infrastructure is not worthy enough to cater the demands of the people residing in the urban areas. Therefore, India is in a dire need for regenerating existing cities and creating new smart cities.

So, with the help of this campaign, the government has launched a new urban development mission. According to this mission, the government is going to redevelop 500 cities that support the population of almost 100,000.

The impact on the ‘Make in India’ on the construction sector will lead to the development of townships, road & bridges, hospitals, recreational facilities, residential/commercial premises, hotels, resorts, educational institutes, city and regional level infrastructure.

Effect on the Tourism & Hospitality Sector

There is no denying the fact that India is a country that is rich in heritage. People from all over the world step in India to enjoy the ancestral heritage, ancient monuments, beautiful cities, heart-warming greenery, and great hospitality that India proudly possess. India has left no stone unturned in attracting the tourists with various initiatives, like Incredible India and Athithi Devo Bhava.

This sector is the third-largest foreign exchange earner of the country. And, the government wants to increase this contribution by 7.5%. Every USD 1 million investment in the sector creates 78 jobs; hence, increase in employment can be the reason of large investment. The government is also trying to increase the number of domestic tourists as well.

Since foreigners are being driven towards India since ages, then it is also one of the ways of dealing with the foreign currency. Hence, the focus is also on to increase the Foreign Exchange Earnings. Moreover, tourism is one of the great sectors for generating employment opportunities. Hence, the more the investment; the more the employment!

Effect on Automobile Sector

The impact of the campaign on this sector will be in a way that it will be the 3rd largest automotive market in the world by 2026. The production of two wheelers has grown from 8.5 Million units to 15.9 Million units per year. The car market is expected to grow by 6 Million+ units annually by 2020.

The contribution of this industry in country’s GDP is approximately 45%. The employment rate of the sector is about 19 Million. India is the 7th largest producer of vehicles in the world and produces approximately 24 Million vehicles annually. 3.64 Million Vehicles of the total production are exported annually.

Overall, Make in India initiative is an honest attempt to revive the fortunes of Industry / Manufacturing sector. Revival of Industry sector is key to revivethe Indian economy. In short, we need to increase the contribution of Industry / Manufacturing sector in Indian GDP.

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