India can be nerve centre of supply chain in post-COVID world: Modi

Modi said the need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (June 2) addressed the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Annual Session 2020 on 'Getting Growth Back' | Photo: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (April 19) said India can emerge as the global nerve centre of complex modern multinational supply chains in the post COVID-19 world.

In a post on LinkedIn, the prime minister said the novel coronavirus outbreak has significantly changed the contours of professional life and the need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable.

“COVID-19 has brought with it many disruptions. Coronavirus has significantly changed the contours of professional life. These days, home is the new office. The Internet is the new meeting room. For the time being, office breaks with colleagues are history,” Modi wrote on LinkedIn.

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He said he too has been adapting to these changes. “Most meetings, be it with ministerial colleagues, officials and world leaders, are now via video conferencing,” the prime minister said.

Modi said the need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable. “Doing so would mean that even in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses and commerce could get moving faster, ensuring loss of life does not occur,” he said.

Today, the world is in pursuit of new business models, he said adding that India, a youthful nation known for its innovative zeal, can take the lead in providing a new work culture.

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India, with the right blend of the physical and the virtual, can emerge as the global nerve centre of complex modern multinational supply chains in the post COVID-19 world, he said.

“Let us rise to that occasion and seize this opportunity,” he said. The work place is getting “Digital First,” he said. “And, why not? After all, the most transformational impact of technology often happens in the lives of the poor.”

It is technology that demolishes bureaucratic hierarchies, eliminates middlemen, and accelerates welfare measures, the prime minister opined.

(With inputs from agencies)

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