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“As an alternative of forcing declaration of country of origin for products, govt should foster an ecosystem for driving consumer preference for a standards-driven Made in India brand.” Elucidate.

 

Topic : Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

5. As an alternative of forcing declaration of country of origin for products, govt should foster an ecosystem for driving consumer preference for a standards-driven Made in India brand.” Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference: FinancialExpress

Why the question:

The article explains in what way instead of forcing declaration of country of origin for products, govt should foster an ecosystem for driving consumer preference for a standards-driven Made in India brand.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain means and ways which the govt. should adopt to should foster an ecosystem for driving consumer preference for a standards-driven Made in India brand instead of forcing declarations of country of origin for products.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Discuss the recent decision of the GOI to boycott Chinese apps.

Body:

Explain that the slogan of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ has received considerable support from the general public, especially following China’s misadventures in Ladakh. These misadventures have indirectly made this an issue of boycotting Chinese products. However, boycotting is a fraught proposal since China is a crucial source of raw materials for local industries, like APIs in pharmaceuticals, components for electronics, etc. Further, many of our consumers wouldn’t be in a position to afford the alternatives.

Take hints from the article and substantiate with suitable backing.

Conclusion:

Conclude that idea of promoting local industries isn’t a new phenomenon. In fact, ‘Made in India’ or swadeshi was one of the hallmarks of our freedom struggle. However, instead of merely replicating the swadeshi of our past, we must fine-tune it to the realities of the 21st century.