PM Modi declares January 16 as National Startup Day

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced that January 16 would now be celebrated as National Startup Day in order to spread the culture of startups in every nook and corner of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“While in the pre-2014 era, only big businesses in the metros were prospering, today there is at least one startup in 625 districts of the country. Of them, half are in tier 2 and tier 3 cities where youth from poor and ordinary families are engaged in developing startups. As a result lakhs are getting employment which is demonstrated by the speed and scale at which startups grew in India even during the global pandemic,” said the PM while virtually interacting with startups.

“The golden era of startups is starting,” declared the PM at the Startup India Innovation Week, asking innovators and entrepreneurs not to keep their dreams local. Hundreds of hackathons organised by the government in record time gave many solutions.

“Different government departments and ministries are in touch with the youth and startups, encouraging their new ideas such as new drone rules or the new space policy. The government’s priority is to give as many youth as possible the opportunity for innovation,” said the PM, pointing out that as against 4,000 patents registered in 2013-14, last year (2020-21), the comparative figure was 28,000.

Pays tribute to Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day, observed to mark the birth anniversary of the Tamil poet and philosopher. TNS

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