Hyderabad, December 12: Terming Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) as the backbone of Indian economy, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Modi government is now aiming is to increase the MSME sector's contribution to the GDP to about 50 percent. The existing contribution of the MSME sector to India’s GDP is 30 percent. While speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day TiE Global Summit (TGS) being held virtually on Tuesday, Gadkari said the MSME sector currently constitutes 48 per cent of total exports from India and the government aims to take it to 60 percent in future.

"MSME is the backbone of Indian economy...a total 30 percent of the GDP in Indian economy is contributed by the MSME. Out of our total exports, 48 percent is also from MSME. At the same time up till now MSME created 11 crore jobs. And that is one of the reasons why MSME is the backbone of the country," he said. “Now we have decided to make this 30 per cent contribution to GDP to 40 per cent and 48 per cent of the exports contribution to 60 per cent. And we want to create five crore jobs, he added. MSMEs Can Help in Boosting Exports, Says Nitin Gadkari.

During his address, Gadkari said at present, the village industries such as handlooms, handicrafts, Khadi Gram Udyog are generating Rs 80 thousand crore revenues which needs to be taken up to Rs 5  lakh crore in the next few years. Gadkari requested industrialists to invest in India and stressed that the country currently has an excellent network of roads, abundantly available power and water and reformed labour and other administrative laws. According to him, though there is an impact of COVID-19 globally, the Indian industry may get some opportunities out of it.