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What is ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’? Discuss the significance of self-reliance and self-efficiency in the times of crisis like the COVID pandemic.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2. What is ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’? Discuss the significance of self-reliance and self-efficiency in the times of crisis like the COVID pandemic.(250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express 

Why this question:

Prime Minister announced a special economic package and gave a clarion call for Atmanirbhar Bharat. He noted that this package, taken together with earlier announcements by the government during COVID crisis and decisions taken by RBI, is to the tune of Rs 20 lakh crore, which is equivalent to almost 10% of India’s GDP. Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the key objectives and features of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ and bring out the importance of self-reliance and self-efficiency in current times of the pandemic.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Straightaway start by explaining the coming of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’.

Body:

To start with explain the fact that the definition of self-reliance has undergone a change in the globalized world and clarified that when the country talks about self-reliance, it is different from being self-centered. Discuss the 5 pillars of self-reliance. Then explain the key features of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. The package will also focus on land, labour, liquidity and laws, Factors of Production. It will cater to various sections including cottage industry, MSMEs, laborers, middle class, and industries, among others.

Conclusion:

Conclude that self-reliance will prepare the country for tough competition in the global supply chain, and it is important that the country wins this competition. The package will also focus on empowering the poor, laborers, migrants, etc., both from organized and unorganized sectors.