Indian Express Editorial Summary

Editorial Topic : India’s Manufacturing Ambitions: Growth and Empowerment

GS-3 Mains Exam : Economy

Revision Notes

Question : Evaluate the strategies employed for workforce empowerment in India’s manufacturing sector, focusing on pre-election plans, state-level initiatives to attract major manufacturers, and efforts towards industrial development and worker accommodation. How do these strategies contribute to improving worker skills, productivity, and reducing turnover?

 

Target:

  • Economy: Reach $10 trillion by 2035.
  • Manufacturing: Increase share of GDP from 15% to 25% (4x growth).

Initiatives:

  • Leverage post-Covid opportunities.
  • Implement Production Linked Incentives (PLIs).
  • Promote “Make in India” campaign.
  • Focus on electronics and semiconductors.

Workforce Empowerment:

  • Pre-election focus: 100-day plans to address worker challenges.
  • States attracting major manufacturers (Foxconn, Micron, Tata).
  • Industrial Development: Assembly, EV hub, and mega factories.
  • Worker Strategies: Safe accommodation (on-site or nearby) for all levels.

Benefits:

  • Improved worker skills and productivity.
  • Reduced worker turnover.

Challenges:

  • Most workers live in ad-hoc housing, leading to long commutes (2 hrs each way) costing ₹5,000/month (Bengaluru example).
  • Long commutes exhaust workers, affecting productivity.

International Examples:

  • China: Large-scale worker housing (Foxconn’s Guangzhou factory – 300,000 workers). Concerns during Covid.
  • South Korea: Stringent labor laws and worker-friendly policies might be a better model for India (similar democracies).

Lessons from India:

  • Public Sector: Bhilai Steel Plant (housing & community infrastructure).
  • Private Sector: Tata Steel Jamshedpur (integrated worker accommodations).

Key Takeaway: Proper worker housing is crucial for India’s manufacturing growth (practical & ethical).

Policy Implications:

  • Land Allotment:
    • Include worker accommodation in industrial land allocation.
    • Adjust regulations (state level) for flexible operating arrangements:
      • State government run
      • Company run
      • Specialized institutions managing housing (like student housing model)
  • Union Government Role:
    • Tax incentives (GST reduction) for worker accommodation investments.
    • Priority sector tag for construction finance for worker housing.
    • Collaborative financing via National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).
  • Private Sector Leadership:
    • Economic benefits of worker housing:
      • Reduced transportation expenses
      • Increased productivity & training
      • Reduced workforce attrition
      • Lower carbon footprint

Conclusion:

  • Worker housing is key to unlocking India’s manufacturing potential.
  • Collaboration between Central & State governments and private sector (“Triangular Leadership”) is crucial.
  • Economic factors will drive this “enlightened self-interest”.

 

Indian Express Editorial Summary

Editorial Topic : Putin & Xi

GS-2 Mains Exam : International Relations

Revision Notes

Putin & Xi

Question : Discuss the recent developments in Russo-Chinese relations as highlighted by the 43rd meeting between Putin and Xi in Beijing. How does this growing convergence of interests pose challenges to India’s strategic outlook?

Introduction:

  • 43rd meeting between Putin and Xi in Beijing last week
  • Highlights growing anti-Western convergence of interests
  • Causing uneasiness among India’s strategy makers

Putin and Xi: Strengthening Russo-Chinese Relations:

  • Since 2000, Putin boosted ties with China while exploring modus vivendi with West
  • At 2000s turn, rising China had special US/Europe ties but developed strong Russia ties
  • Under Xi, China challenged US primacy in Asia, doubled down on Russia partnership
  • As contradictions with US deepened, Putin/Xi elevated ties to comprehensive strategic partnership
  • Putin proclaimed “alliance without limits” before Ukraine invasion

Sino-Russia Bonhomie Surprised the World:

  • Surprised Western observers who thought their interests would limit closeness
  • Put aside divergences to build new axis challenging the West
  • Latest summit highlighted coordination, mutual support on Ukraine (Russia) and Taiwan (China)

Sino-Russian Partnership to Counter US-led World Order:

  • Denounced US interventions in Europe and efforts like Quad
  • Committed to build “multipolar world”
  • Reaffirmed ambition to counter American hegemony in international finance
  • Xi showed rare warmth toward Putin despite US pressure on China over Russia ties

Reevaluating India’s Strategic Assumptions:

  • Delhi had bet Moscow and Beijing won’t collaborate too closely
  • Delhi hoped Putin won’t ignore India’s concerns while getting close to China
  • Need to reexamine Russia thesis and its corollary
  • Moscow more dependent than ever on Beijing after burning bridges with West
  • China is the senior partner in relationship with Russia
  • Worry Putin’s support for China’s Indo-Pacific positions undermines India’s multipolar Asia efforts

Conclusion:

  • As Russia-China alliance solidifies, India faces heightened security vulnerabilities
  • Must reconsider strategies to navigate evolving power dynamics in Asia
  • Proactive, nuanced approach essential to safeguard interests in changing world order

 

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