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YFLO Titan Young Women Achievers Awards-2013

Governor of Rajasthan Mrs. Margaret Alva, participated in the "YFLO Titan Young Women Achievers Awards-2013"ceremony at New Delhi

Governor of Rajasthan Mrs. Margaret Alva, participated in the "YFLO Titan Young Women Achievers Awards-2013"ceremony at New Delhi

Smt. Margaret Alva has called on the young women entrepreneurs to encash upon the sea of opportunities

 
 New Delhi, Rajasthan governor Smt. Margaret Alva has called on the young women entrepreneurs to encash upon the sea of opportunities the IT revolution has thrown up in India and said they should not restrict their ideas to making Pickles, Papads and Powders.
          While Speaking at the 'Young Women Achievers Awards 2012-2013 organised by the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) in association with Titan on Wednesday at Hotel Lalit in the New Delhi, Alva said, " I hope that the Young Achievers will break new ground in entrepreneurship as also think out of the box to further their own and society’s interest. There can no longer be development for a few."
 
Mrs Alva said the sustainable development requires inclusive policies and one section of the population cannot be allowed to progress and corner the gains at the cost of the rest. "If a just and equitable society is to emerge it has to be inclusive and value based. New development models are being presented by those who have scant respect for the rights of the weak, the marginalized, the minorities and women, who constitute the majority of India's millions - there can be no progress at their cost or without them,"
 
Governor said the young women are our hope for better tomorrow."Be bold and equip yourselves to face the challenges and the opportunities our country present. There are forces at work to keep us tied down by threats and violence. Let those who identify malnutrition with the culture of beauty, and neglect their own families, do some searching and change their mind sets," she said.
 
She advised the women "You should organize and unite and reach out to those in need of support; share your experiences; violence, discrimination and sexual harassment at the workplace must be firmly dealt with; never hesitate to reinvent yourself and your business otherwise you will stagnate and become irrelevant; be women of courage, commitment and compassion," She said to survive the onslaught and progress; the young women should upgrade their skills, products and marketing to meet the challenge of change.
 
She said that India’s economic policy environment calls for an innovative approach by young entrepreneurs.  While market forces have steadily been given a greater play, the Government continues to intervene in key areas, including agriculture, food security, public health and education. India has Islands of prosperity – the rich and the rising middle class in the metros and towns – amidst a sea of poverty. As an economy that has been growing at about eight per cent for about two decades, India presents a promising market, she added.
 
The Governor said that the big businesses – who till recently focused on producing goods and services for the rich and the privileged class – have sensed that India’s countryside is opening up and emerging as a big, new market. This calls for innovative social entrepreneurship whose potential is self-evident. Examples of successful social entrepreneurship include, naming a few, ‘Amul’, Self Help Groups such as SEWA, Lijjat Papad and ‘Sulabh Shauchalaya’. she earnestly hope our entrepreneurs will blend and temper motivation for profit with a spirit of social good and service.
 
Mrs Alva said that a few concerns as also grounds for optimism. It is clear from anecdotal evidence that Indian professionals, who have been able to set up successful businesses abroad, often fail miserably in their ventures at home because many reasons.
 
She said that she is not an economist. But, one can see that India’s manufacturing sector is facing a huge challenge from China and other South Asian countries. Decorative lights for Deepawali across metros and smaller towns, traditional Indian ‘Pichkaris’, used during Holi, come from abroad as also the Toys being sold here are increasingly coming from abroad. One comes across plastic replicas of deities of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and X’mas decorations and cribs made in South East Asia. Representative bodies of Industry such as FICCI need to seriously examine the nature of threat to India’s manufacturing sector especially the small scale sector from abroad. Cost of production is still high here and so competition kills us. 
 
Mrs Alva said that on the positive side, there seems to be a renewed interest in traditional Indian arts, and hand made products. This interest is being converted into viable businesses.  Shop windows in the west are full of hand crafted Indian products while fashion designers make India their treasure trove. She said that hand made products are our specialty that need to be built on and she hope this trend picks up in the interest of survival of our traditional products. In fact,  I have termed it the “alternate market place” where the mechanized world fades into insignificance. 
 
She said that the IT Revolution has opened a new world of opportunity which must be encashed upon, while the expanding service sector calls for new innitiatives and a dynamic approach from young entrepreneurs. Pitzas and Papads are not the only avenues for women - they must not be relegated to the 3 P technology of Pickles, Papads & Powders.
 
Mrs. Alva hope that the Young Achievers will break new ground in entrepreneurship as also think out of the box to further their own --  and society’s -- interest. There can no longer be development for a few.  Sustainable development requires inclusive policies – one section of the population cannot be allowed to progress and corner the gains at the cost of the rest. If a just and equitable society is to emerge it has to be inclusive and value based.
 
New development models are being presented by those who have scant respect for the rights of the weak, the marginalized, the minorities and women, who constitute the majority of India's millions - there can be no progress at their cost or without them.
 
 In the award distribution function, the awardees for the year 2012-2013 were Ms Preity Zinta and Ms Pooja Gandhi (cinema); Ms Bhavna Gawali (politics); Ms Shweta Rajpal Kohli (media); Ms Shilpa Gupta (visual arts); Ms Roshni Nadar Malhotra (Business Entrepreneur); Ms Vijay Laxmi Sharma (Social Entrepreneur); Ms Gauri Karan and Ms Nainika Karan (Fashion); Ms Gopika Kapoor (Litreature); Ms Mithali Raj (Sports) and Ms. Pragati Sodd Anand (Performing arts). Ms. Zarin Daruwala, President, ICICI Bank Ltd. was the guest of Honor at the occasion.

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