“His talk is comprehensive and touches real issues, which industry has been trying to grapple with in recent times. Gandhi’s talk is reflective of the fact that he has his ears to the ground...even as the economy has slowed down and investor confidence is not at its peak,” CII president Kris Gopalakrishnan said in a statement.
Terming Gandhi’s interaction with the industry as very positive, Bharti Enterprises vice-chairman and MD Rajan Bharti Mittal said, “It was heartening to hear his comments on the urgency to focus on growth and transparency, the issues that are key to bringing back the economy to its earlier growth rate.”
Gopalakrishnan said at a time, when questions have been raised about India’s commitment to reforms and growth, Gandhi’s comments are music to the ears of investors, who would draw confidence from his speech.
Godrej Industries Chairman Adi Godrej said the stress on resolving regulation and administrative procedures in Gandhi’s speech would greatly encourage investor sentiments and boost investments.
“As he mentioned, decision-making requires to be transparent, timely and fair, while the initiatives on corruption have to be followed up with action,” Godrej said.
Sundaram-Clayton Ltd managing director Venu Srinivasan said it was for the first time that a political leader of Gandhi’s stature mentioned the need for a modern and flexible labour market of international standards.
“Industry would welcome a dialogue on how to create fulfilling and rewarding jobs for our young people, as stated by Mr Gandhi,” Srinivasan said.
Gandhi in his speech has said old labour laws have forced businesses to use contract labour.
“As you know, they are often underpaid and unprotected. India needs a modern and flexible labour market where labour has a fair share and is protected by international labour standards,” Gandhi has said.
Stating that Gandhi’s speech was spot-on and meets many of industry’s concerns, Hero MotoCorp joint MD Sunil Kant Munjal said industry would now look forward to quick actions from the government, taking a cue from Gandhi’s speech.
“Rahul Gandhi has clearly identified the immediate problems regarding project delays and highlighted the issues that must be addressed, such as land acquisition, regulatory and administrative hurdles, and environmental clearances,” Munjal added. (PTI)