Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a programme marking the commemoration of 40 years of Suzuki in India. The event was held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, on Sunday.
Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, Member of Parliament, CR Patil, State Minister, Jagdish Panchal, Ex-President of Suzuki Motor Corporation, O Suzuki, President of Suzuki Motor Corporation, T Suzuki, and Chairman of Maruti-Suzuki, RC Bhargava were present on the occasion. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal addressed the event via video conferencing. A video message from the Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida was also screened.
Prime Minister Kishida lauded the management of Suzuki for recognising the potential of the Indian market. “I consider that we owe this success to the understanding and support of the people and government of India. Recently, Indian economic growth has been further accelerating due to various assistance measures for the manufacturing sector guided by the strong leadership of Prime Minister Modi,” he said.
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Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi said, “The success of Maruti-Suzuki also signifies the strong India-Japan partnership. From the bullet train in Gujarat-Maharashtra to the Rudraksh centre in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, many development projects are examples of India-Japan friendship.”
The PM recalled the arrival of Suzuki in Gujarat 13 years ago. “Gujarat has emerged as a top automotive manufacturing hub in the world. I remember when the Vibrant Gujarat Summit was started in 2009, since then Japan was associated with it as a partner country,” Modi said. He also spoke about his resolve to create a mini Japan in Gujarat to make Japanese investors at home in Gujarat.
As part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the electric vehicles (EV) ecosystem, Modi said that various incentives are being provided to EV buyers. “To boost the supply, work is also being carried out at a fast pace to introduce PLI schemes in automobile and automobile components manufacturing. A battery swapping policy has also been introduced in the 2022 Financial Budget,” he added.
The PM remarked that India has announced in COP-26 that it will achieve 50 percent of its installed electrical capacity from non-fossil sources by 2030. “We have set a ‘Net Zero’ target for 2070,” Modi said, expressing happiness that Maruti Suzuki is working on biofuel, ethanol blending and hybrid EVs. He also suggested that Suzuki start work on projects related to compressed biomethane gas.
“It is our goal that India becomes ‘aatma nirbhar’ for its energy needs in the next 25 years of Amrit Kaal,” he concluded.