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Corporate biggies pledge more inclusive growth by 75th I-Day

PTI  Mumbai, November 14, 2013
First Published: 22:42 IST(14/11/2013) | Last Updated: 22:44 IST(14/11/2013)

Top industry leaders such as Cyrus Mistry, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Rahul Bajaj and Adi Godrej today vowed to work towards making India a more inclusive country by 2022 and have sought public cooperation to achieve the same.

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Calling upon the citizens to join the industry's grassroots movement aimed at a more inclusive growth with sustainable development by 2022, when India will celebrate her 75th Independence Day, these leaders made a public pledge at a CII event, marking the beginning of the 'India@75 Movement' late this evening here.

The CII movement aims to make India a developed country in a decade. It hoped to achieve this through skill development, urbanisation and environmental sustainability, philanthropy and volunteerism.

"India@75 is a people's movement. It is by the people, for the people. This movement has gained momentum, thanks to the support from distinguished individuals from various walks of life. I urge everyone of us to be a part of this initiative and work towards becoming an inconclusive, sustainable and developed nation by 2022," said noted industrialist Adi Godrej, who is also the chairman of India@75 Foundation.

Speaking at the event and taking the pledge, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry said, "Each one can make a difference and look forward to this platform to being a catalyst."  "The thought behind 'count me in', that Indians can step

out and volunteer, individually or collectively, is a simple but powerful one. This initiative is as much about the spirit of community and commitment, as it is about the value of the contribution made."

Godrej said CII drew the idea from globally renowned management guru late C K Prahalad, who articulated the idea of a developed India in three dimensions -- economic resilience, technological vitality and vibrant moral leadership.

What makes this campaign unique is that every Indian can join the movement and contribute by volunteering one's professional skill and time and/or providing monetary contributions for India@75 initiatives, Godrej said.

"One has to make the future happen. Private sector has to play a special part, and this initiative will be a vehicle for that," Bajaj Auto chief Rahul Bajaj said.

Also, CII President Kris Gopalakrishnan called for involvement of diverse stakeholders in realising India's dreams.

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