Election insight - Straight road ahead for technology projects under Modi


A landslide win in Uttar Pradesh could give the national government of India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fresh energy to implement the initiatives it launched in the past three years for industry, technology and the 21st century economy.

The legislative elections in Uttar Pradesh, whose results were made public on 11th March 2017, showed sweeping support for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Modi government. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, accounts for 16% of the country’s population, with over 200 million inhabitants. The BJP won with a phenomenal majority of more than 77% of the seats in the state assemblies, up from only 11.6% at the last elections in 2012. Counting its allies, that gives the party a governing majority of more than 80%.

These results will contribute to the stability of the Indian political landscape, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party stronger than ever and in position to push through key reform measures and initiatives. The election outcome, which came in the backdrop of demonetization, was proof that Modi had not lost the support of his base. The expected stability should also trigger a new wave of investments by the domestic industry, fueling growth in the next years.

The prime minister, in his address at 104th Indian Science Congress in January 2017, had reaffirmed his objective to have India among the top three countries in the world in science and technology by 2030. This goes hand in glove with his major projects since coming to power in 2014. Indeed, Modi has launched many important initiatives in domains India has identified as key to its future, among those energy, environment, industry, technology, and digital economy.

  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or the Clean India Movement was launched in October 2014 as a campaign to clean the streets and infrastructures of India. It is India's largest ever initiative in this area. Its objective is to reduce or eliminate open defecation through construction of individual, cluster and community toilets, and to be able to monitor latrine use.
  • Clean Ganges: Narendra Modi has given strong support to the rejuvenation of the Ganges river, putting the National Ganga Council under his direct chairmanship and pushing forward initiatives to improve the quality and environment of what is today one of the heaviest polluted rivers in the world.
  • Smart Cities: India’s Smart Cities Mission, which was launched in 2015, aims to foster sustainable and citizen-friendly urban development in the country, through a spearhead of more than 100 cities, ports, Greenfield projects and private smart cities.

Other national strategies which will benefit from a strong Modi government include his flagship initiative, Make in India, which was launched by Prime Minister in 2014 with the goal to transform India into a global design and manufacturing hub; Skill India, which aims to improve technical training on a large scale to provide the cutting-edge industries fostered by Make in India with the manpower they need; and Digital India, whose official objective is to “transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy” through digital infrastructures, e-services and citizens’ education.

These initiatives offer many opportunities for Europe-India technology collaborations, sparking interest across borders, and the boost to Modi’s government will provide European companies an enabling environment in which to invest, find partners, and provide solutions to implement India’s strategies. EBTC has been developing its activities in those same areas for a number of years. Taking advantage of the auspicious climate, we are launching several new projects and initiatives over the next months.

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