Freebies and subsidies alone would not help in economic development and youth should seek self-employment, Union finance minister P Chidambaram said on Saturday. “If a country needs to grow, its people stand on their feet and see a strong economic growth, it cannot depend on freebies and subsidies alone. My high command and myself (as finance minister) have a clear direction on the progress of the nation,” he said, inaugurating 17 branches of REPCO Bank in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Noting that freebies and subsidies can be provided in the beginning, he said it was the responsibility of the government to create jobs or self-employment for its youth. “The UPA government has a clear vision of creating jobs for its youth. But there are hurdles. If the branch of a bank is opened, then a question is being raised...,” he said. “A friend of mine commented saying by opening bank branches, people have been made debtors. There is nothing wrong in taking loans for creating business and self-employment. Only taking bribe is wrong and not a loan...,” he said. He said it was a “genuine” demand of the people seeking loans for various purposes like education, housing and agricultural activities. The finance minister, who extended loan for youths who had started a self-help group (SHG), said youths should form more SHGs. The countries where people were self-employed had the prospects of being a strong country. “I have strong faith in that,” he said.
The youths should choose a path and continue on that without any fear, having strong faith in their path of self-development and self-employment, he added.