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Updated: November 15, 2013 00:08 IST

An initiative for a better India

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Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej (left)and Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry at the CII India@75 held in Mumbai on Thursday. Photo: Shashi Ashiwal
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Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej (left)and Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry at the CII India@75 held in Mumbai on Thursday. Photo: Shashi Ashiwal

After four years of extensive work, India@75, a grassroots people’s movement, was launched here with an objective to make the country a far better place to live in by 2022 when India completes 75 years of independence. Among many other objectives, there is a comprehensive plan to create skilled workforce of 500 million through a participatory initiative spanning all parts of the country.

Distinguished Indian personalities from various sectors came forward and pledged to work together for achieving the desired objective of having an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by 2022. The vision of India@75 has evolved through collaborative public reasoning processes that involved Indians from all strata of society to shape the new world order through economic strength, technological vitality and moral leadership.

A campaign called ‘Count Me In’ has been launched seeking maximum participation from citizens.

People movement

“India@75 is a people's movement. It is by the people, for the people. I urge every Indian to be a part of this significant initiative. Let’s join this movement and achieve an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by 2022,” Adi Godrej, Chairman, India@75 Foundation, said.

“The thought behind ‘Count Me In’, that Indians can step up and volunteer, individually or collectively, is a simple but powerful one. This initiative is a wonderful way to bind the nation’s citizens in a common cause,” said Cyrus Mistry, Chairman, Tata group.

Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, said the initiative was a forward looking action movement inspiring Indians to shape the future of their country. “It inspires Indians to take up a cause they care about, and to work with others to achieve what we want,” Mr. Maria said. The initiative is backed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), which has made its staff, offices and resources available to take forward the objectives. The idea of India@75 was first mooted by late C. K. Prahalad in 2007, when he was giving a speech in the U.S. on the occasion of India’s 60th year of independence.

CII President S. Gopalakrishnan stressed upon the involvement of diverse stakeholders in collaborating, co-creating and realising the dreams of the country.

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