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Nov 13, 2013 at 12:17pm IST

Youngsters who will drive India forward losing patience: Mukesh Ambani

Mumbai: Reliance Industries Ltd Chairperson Mukesh Ambani has warned that India's youngsters who have to drive the nation forward are losing patience. "The aspirations of the youngsters is phenomenal today and the youth is India's strength," he said in Mumbai on Tuesday.

He went on to say, "The youth today is impatient and will demand results out of society as a whole. I am one who generally believes that it's not government's job to do everything. For a re-imagined India to move on we need a coalition of everybody in society."

"If I think about re-imagined India, to my mind education, livelihood the ability to earn today and health are the three most important things before the country," he said.

The Reliance Industries Chairman was speaking at a discussion on 'Re-imagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia's Next Superpower'.

Embracing technology in a big way will help India to transform itself into a new India in a very short span of time, he maintained.

Ambani said, "Take broadband technology, it is providing access to opportunities irrespective of geographies. So, you can access them in all the 5,432 small towns and cities, and 6,00,000 villages in a matter of a couple of years and then scale up. That is what gives me optimism and positivity."

Stressing on importance of education, the billionaire industrialist said it enables people to embrace tools of technology.

"Today we have a current account deficit. Bulk of it is because of import of energy (oil & gas). For a country like India, there is no other option but to rely on technology, even to solve our energy problems," added Ambani.

He stressed, "But a pre-requisite to that is education, to make 250 million young Indians acquire skills and make most of available technology."

The Asia's third largest economy has an efficient education system but there was a need to make it more effective, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said India has a chance to create a completely new template.

He said smaller states are better to manage. "I have no problem about more states coming up. If size is the issue, make it (states) more manageable," Mahindra added.

(Additional information from PTI)

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