Union Minister Anurag Thakur Highlights India's Economic Progress at FICCI Conference

Thakur lauds taxpayers' role, showcases government's achievements in national development

Union Minister Anurag Thakur Highlights India's Economic Progress at FICCI Conference

New Delhi - Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur delivered a keynote address at the national conference of FICCI, focusing on India's economic development and industrial growth. Thakur expressed gratitude to taxpayers for their contribution to the nation's progress, emphasizing that their honest contributions enable the government to efficiently allocate funds for public welfare.

The Minister highlighted the government's efforts to streamline financial disbursements, ensuring that allocated funds reach the intended beneficiaries directly. He cited the success of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as a testament to the government's commitment to delivering on its promises. Initially met with skepticism, UPI has now become a ubiquitous digital payment platform, with 46% of global digital payments being made in India.

Thakur underscored the government's achievements in uplifting the underprivileged, noting the provision of 40 million houses, 100 million toilets, and over 100 million LPG cylinders. Additionally, more than 130 million tap water connections have been installed, benefiting millions of households. He highlighted that over 600 million people are beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, while over 800 million receive free food.

The Minister also highlighted the government's focus on infrastructure development, citing significant increases in national highway construction, airport numbers, and the establishment of institutions like AIIMS and IITs. He noted that India has now emerged as one of the top five economies globally, reflecting the success of these initiatives in driving economic growth and prosperity.