New York: India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the slowdown in the Chinese economy is not going to impact his country and India could become the “additional shoulder” the global economy needs to stand on.
“We are not a part of the Chinese supply chain,” he said here Monday. Therefore, “we are not impacted.”
He said that China’s slowdown did, however, affect Indian stock markets and the currency. But he did not see the fallout from China extending beyond them.
China, which had played a role in world economic growth, was now having an adverse effect globally, he said. After China “the world needs additional shoulders to stand on” and India could provide them he added.
Jaitley was speaking Monday at the inauguration of the Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University.
The global economic situation will be a challenge for India because it was beyond its control, he said. “The new normal is living in a period of turbulence and volatility,” he said. International crises used to come up every ten years or so, but now they were occurring more frequently, he added.
As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.
“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.
“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.
The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.
These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.
The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.
“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.