Nirmala Sitharaman (Photo Credit: File photo)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday sought to clear the air around Prime Minister's self-reliance call, saying it does not mean that India will look only inwards and become an "isolationist" country. She said that the call talks about a confident India which can rest on its strengths and also contribute to the globe.
India has the capability and entrepreneurship to built capabilities and help the world, the minister added. "Certainly when he (Prime Minister) says 'aatmanirbhar' Bharat, it is not to look inwards and cut India to become an isolationist country.
"It certainly talks about a confident India which can rest on its strengths and also be able to contribute to the globe, the way in which the Prime Minister rightly pointed out the production of PPEs (personal protective equipment), and masks and also ventillators has rapidly grown within these 40 days to an extent," she said, while addressing reporters here about Rs 20 lakh crore economic package. Modi on Tuesday announced a Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package on Tuesday and urged citizens to "buy local" to make India self-reliant.
His call was seen as a turn towards protectionism. Sitharaman also said the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package is to spur growth and build a self-reliant India. The package was finalised after consulting various stakeholders.