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Gems, jewellery sector prime example of Make In India's potential: PM Modi

PM said he assured his friends in Africa that India would support them in developing gems sector

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister on Sunday said the and sector is a prime example of the potential of and Skill India.

"We live in an era where diamonds are used in spectacles, watches and pens. Can't our jewellers create and change global tastes and fashions?" Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the International Diamond Conference in Mumbai via video conferencing.

Prime Minister Modi further said the Indian importers had to go abroad to view and purchase rough diamonds which has reduced the efficiency of the supply chain.

"What is your strategy for increasing India's share of the hand-made market? The industry could think of encouraging start-ups by entrepreneurs who can create a growing market for Indian jewellery," he added.

The prime minister said he had assured some of his friends in that India would support them in developing their and sector.

"The Council should consider taking a census of the lowest-paid and least prosperous persons in your industry. Can the industry ensure that every one of them is enrolled in the government's low cost social security schemes," he added.

First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 22:02 IST