Aravind Melligeri attends 'Champions of Change’

August 22, 2017

Aravind Melligeri, CEO and Chairman, Aequs, attends Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Champions of Change’ conclave at New Delhi

Under the aegis of Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”, the NITI Aayog organized an interactive conference spread over two days on the 21st and 22nd of August, 2017. This conference, titled “Champions of Change” sought to nurture conversations between players from the private sector and representatives from the government, including the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The second edition of the Champions of Change conference which was held this year was attended by Mr. Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & CEO of Aequs Aerospace, among other noteworthy delegates such as Rajiv Bajaj of Bajaj Auto, Nikhil Nanda of Escorts, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh of Bandhan Bank and Priya Nair of HUL.

The key philosophy driving this conference is that high growth rates can be achieved and sustained when the private sector’s dynamism and innovative spirit is channeled towards the country’s growth and betterment.

Many of the issues discussed at the conference have been at the core of Aequs’ operations under Aravind Melligeri for years now. Skill development and vocational training are just few among the many ways in which Aequs Aerospace has been contributing to this vision, albeit at a local level for the people of Belagavi. Under the theme of Make in India, it was decided that the government needs to act as a facilitator or enabler, while the implementation is to be undertaken by the private sector. Delegates at the conference provided their valuable input and thoughts on how to turn the Make in India campaign into a resounding success. Aravind Melligeri quoted that the success of the Make in India campaign depends on alliance between the State and the private sector.

From a manufacturing point of view, when we speak of the government’s role as an enabler, we are looking at a conducive business environment. This would require the government to reinvent regulatory and legal frameworks relating to land, labour, capital and ease of doing business. Such a proactive and collaborative stance taken by the government could go a long way in boosting manufacturing in India, especially aerospace manufacturing sector. The private sector, as an implementing agent can work on matters such as skill development, growth of MSMEs, logistics, infrastructure and prepare itself for new disruptions such as Industry 4.0 with the government’s proactive support. A new industrial revolution is upon us, with the advent of technology and the Internet of Things, and re-skilling the workforce is necessary if India wants to continue to be a manufacturing hub as envisioned by the Make in India campaign.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister said that development must become a mass movement like our freedom struggle. He said that a spirit should be created, whereby we all set targets for our contribution to India, by 2022. You are my team, and we need to work together to take India forward.

The importance of Champions of Change cannot be overstated as the government is working hand in hand with the private sector towards a more inclusive governance model. A 360-degree view of the development scenario requires inputs from all stakeholders, including industry leaders. It is a prestigious occasion for Aravind Melligeri, representing Karnataka’s very own Aequs Aerospace, to have been invited to share his thoughts and inputs on matters pertaining to developing India and preparing the Indian manufacturing sector for the challenges that lie ahead.

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