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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
India's little ones and the dream of surpassing China 28 July, 2014
The economic evolution of China has set new examples for the world. A couple of years back when many economies were aiming for anything above 6, China regarded the growth rate of above 7 per cent as a 'slowdown'.

In no way would I talk about bringing in the socialist market structure, or any such complex measure. Moreover, prior to dreaming of outpacing China, we will have to concentrate on advancing the living standard of Indians.

Herein, an area of concern is the ruin of our little ones who will be in charge of taking India ahead few years down the line. How about utilizing this resource for attaining the goal of economic as well as social dexterity?

More than 8 million children in India spend crucial childhood days working at factories, hotels, or as street children (kids who use streets as abode and also as the source of livelihood). Shall this not be construed as utmost wastage of our resource, which in case allocated to constructive sphere, can prove to be a blessing?

Tell me what does any economy need to grow? Men and machines is the answer. The merger of two components is what that produces everything we need. For sure, the first component is far more vital than the second which can uncomplicatedly be brought in when the need arises. Let me now link this with superseding China's evolution.

The Industry and construction sector of China accounts for almost 47 per cent of country's GDP. In the same context, the Industry sector of India accounts for mere 25 per cent of the GDP and employs almost 22 per cent of workforce. When you comprehend all the factors and bottlenecks in simple terms, you would know what all do we need to enhance our manufacturing domain.

For sure, machines and technology are the key elements; however men at work are the foremost need. For instance, India's import from China includes even those basic products that can easily be produced within the country if the workforce is provided with adequate substructure.

India's little ones look forward to books; however, lessons of English and History are just not enough. What would education serve in case the educated ones scuffle for work? Shall we not prepare our children with such attributes that whatever they learn can be put to work without much constraint?

The Right to Education Act has to be rendered so much of power that along with bringing every child of India to school, meaningful lessons are taught. Imagine what can be the outcome if the children you see pleading at roads and searching the waste bins are taught how to produce soaps, toys, pickles, cutlery, and such other unfussy manufacturing items.

No goal is unattainable if purpose and execution are authentic. The government may come up with any scheme for bettering the lives of India's little ones; however what the past promising schemes have delivered or for that matter have not delivered has to be studied precisely.

The need of the hour is a robust and extraordinary plan of action that can honestly assure progress, along with curbing evils like child harassment, unemployment,and scarce GDP growth rate. Measures ranging from vocational training programmes and forced bringing in of children to building adequate substructure and revolutionizing the curriculum are the need of the hour.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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