India needs women entrepreneurs to grow at 10% for next 3 decades: Amitabh Kant
New Delhi, July 17 (KNN) For India to grow at 9-10 per cent for next three decades consistently and reap the benefits of demographic dividend, promoting entrepreneurship among women has to be the key strategy, said Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
Raising the concerns for women and nation, Kant pointed Khap Panchayats of Haryana for not providing adequate opportunity for health, education and nutrition to women, which kept certain state districts as worst performers on aspirational scale.
He said “if women don’t do well then the society faces an inter-generational cycle of malnutrition and infant mortality.”
Speaking at an event, Kant said that India needs far more contribution of women in GDP.
He said that women contribute about 22 per cent of our GDP while the world average is close to 44-45 per cent.
"And, therefore, if India has to grow consistently at 9-10 per cent for three decades and reap dividend of demographic advantage, the focus on women entrepreneurship has to be key aspect of growth strategy," he added.
Praising the women role in growth and development of economy, Kant further added that whenever opportunity has been provided to women they have performed much better than men.`
"Our belief is that if you want to transform India, then you need to give huge fillip to women entrepreneurship”, Kant added.