India has strong economic fundamentals and is likely to attract multinational corporations which are keen to shift manufacturing bases from China in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday.
“There is tremendous opportunity for India and we have to make efforts to seize that opportunity,” he said. “All big companies are welcome to India. The country has 150 mobile phone manufacturing units now as compared to two about six years ago.”
Even personal protective equipment and ventilators are being made within the country. Javadekar said India has a huge domestic market with sound macro-economic indicators.
“All the industries will start after the lockdown ends. The foundation of Indian economy is strong. Secondly, there is a lot of internal demand,” said the minister a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs extended the COVID-19 lockdown for two weeks till May 17.
Javadekar stated that the central government has made elaborate arrangements for migrant workers, including availability of buses and trains. He said there will not be any major job losses due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Earlier, Javadekar said the Central government had announced a relief package for poor and migrant workers besides free cylinders under the Ujwala Scheme.
No privacy concerns over using Aarogya Setu app
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday that Aarogya Setu app is the best scientific instrument to alert people if some COVID-19 infected person is nearby and there should be no concern over privacy-related issues.
He was responding to AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s statement in which he raised the possibility of privacy-related information being collected by the use of app.
Javadekar said the app is being preferred worldwide over other means of tracking and mapping the pandemic. It alerts people if some COVID-19 infected person is near them. This is the best scientific instrument. There is nothing of privacy-related matter and information to be collected,” he told.
“There is no information actually. If you have a cough, a cold or tested positive, then only you have to fill up the information. The app will continue for the next one or two years. The lockdown will be over soon, but this app will be a permanent help till we win the war against this pandemic,” said Javadekar.
Aarogya Setu app was launched in public-private partnership enables people to themselves assess the risk for their catching the coronavirus infection. The app makes its calculations based on a person’s interaction with others, using Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence.
Owaisi had tweeted: “The Central govt is fighting COVID-19 with taali, thaali, bijli & a very shady app. Now Delhi’s Sultans have issued a farmaan that people have no choice in the matter. They MUST share their private data with govt (& whoever the govt wants?”