Even the poorest of the consumers in our country deserve the best quality products: Shri Goyal says addressing the Special Plenary Session at FICCI LEADS 2022

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal today said that even the poorest citizen of the country deserves the best quality products and the culture of no compromise with quality has to be adopted in the country. Shri Goyal said this while addressing the Special Plenary Session at FICCI LEADS 2022 program in New Delhi today.  

Shri Piyush Goyal urged the Industry to focus on 5 Key areas in the Manufacturing sector – Standards or Quality, Durability, Design, Price & Sustainability and align them to the international standards. He said we must adopt new technologies like IoT, AI and Machine Learning.  We must look at upskilling and retraining our workforce to be able to meet the needs of Industry 4.0, he added.


Speaking on the importance of world trade, Shri Goyal said that we must acknowledge that we need to engage with the world to develop. We need to globalize trade and get the best from the world while simultaneously giving the best to the World.  He said that we must focus on Green Energy, reducing emissions, generating consciousness about cleanliness and other SDG Goals contributing towards a better future for our children and Utilise PLIs to strengthen MSME ecosystem.  

Referring to the theme of the event, ‘Excellence in Manufacturing’ Shri Goyal observed that Excellence in manufacturing is not new to India. He said that although  there is no sector in which India does not have high quality manufacturing, we as a society still live in two worlds – one which is highly quality conscious and another which is still not sensitized to the value of high quality. Shri Goyal said we need to change this mindset of two quality standards for domestic and international markets and must not compromise with quality. Shri Goyal said that FICCI can play an important role in taking the message of quality to the MSME sector through their partnership with other associations across the country.


Stressing on the need to expand our engagement with international markets, Shri Goyal noted that the world wants to engage with India and like to buy tadacip. He cited the example of Saudi Arabia which he said is looking for India’s partnership in nearly 30 sectors including  Pharma, Mining, Infrastructure Fintech, EdTech, HealthTech & education. Medical devices, E-gaming and e-Commerce are areas in which they want Indian expertise. He urged the Industry to grab these opportunities.

Shri Goyal said that if we collectively focus our energies on the 5 Pran that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave us, we can be a developed nation in the next 25 years and bring prosperity  to every single home through the length and breadth of the country.



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2021 Consumers for Quality Care Polling

Pennsylvanians Expectations Around Health Care Cost and Quality Coming Out of COVID Pandemic

PHILADELPHIASept. 2, 2021PRLog — A new survey from ALG Research and Hart Research on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) reveals that voters see affordability as a major issue in the state’s health care system and seek relief from rising out-of-pocket costs. Read more about the survey https://consumers4qualitycare.org/pennsylvania/.

“This research confirms what many Pennsylvanians have been feeling: the out-of-pocket costs for quality health care are too high,” said the Hon. Donna Christensen, a founding board member of CQC and the first female physician elected to Congress. “With about 18% of Americans with medical debt in collections, it is no wonder why consumers are stressed about the cost of going to the hospital or seeing a doctor. Out-of-pocket costs shouldn’t be so high and unpredictable that they discourage people from seeking care, and insurance should act as insurance and be there for patients when they need it.”

The primary issue that Pennsylvanians have with their health care is that it’s too expensive – majorities are concerned about being able to afford high deductibles (74% concerned) or afford their monthly premium (59% concerned). Across the board, the cost has become a top-of-mind issue for Pennsylvania voters:

  • Three-in-four voters (75%) agree that the amount they pay for health care seems to be going up every year.
  • A majority (58%) agree that at some point, they have struggled to pay a medical bill even while they had health insurance.
  • Nearly a quarter (23%) actively have unpaid or overdue medical bills that they are having difficulty paying off. Among voters who are already struggling financially, this number climbs to 44%.

“This poll confirms Pennsylvanians have major concerns about rising health care costs,” said Fred Yang of Hart Research, “outweighing concerns about costs related to retirement, housing, childcare, and college. While a vast majority express concerns about rising costs, they want reforms within the current health care system, which the vast majority are satisfied with. Thus, 63% of voters are looking for targeted fixes rather than sweeping changes.”

Though cost continues to be a priority that Pennsylvanians want elected officials to address (50% cite cost as the thing they want their leaders to work on most), voters seek targeted, careful fixes to come out of the pandemic the health care system. Most agree we should be cautious making changes as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic (72% agree). They are looking to Congress for targeted fixes that build on the current system (63%) rather than fundamentally transforming it (27%):

  • Nearly all (93%) of Pennsylvanians want policy changes to ensure that insurance deductibles are low enough that they don’t get in the way of getting quality care.
  • Separately, 87% agree that changes must be made to prevent insurance companies from selling plans that cover so little that it isn’t affordable to get care.

Coming out of the pandemic, most Pennsylvanians (65%) are concerned that COVID-19 survivors who develop serious health problems may have to pay a greater share of their health care costs or may not be covered at all they contracted COVID. That number jumps to 77% in the nearly 1-in-6 Pennsylvania households where someone contracted COVID-19.

This new ALG/Hart Research poll was conducted from July 15-July 19, 2021. The online survey sampled 600 registered voters in Pennsylvania. Overall results were weighted to reflect the composition of registered voters in the state.

More information can be found at consumers4qualitycare.org/Pennsylvania.


Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) is a coalition of advocates and former policymakers working to provide a voice for patients in the health care debate as they demand better care. CQC is led by a board of directors, including the Honorable Donna Christensen, physician and former Member of Congress; Jim Manley, former senior advisor to Senators Edward Kennedy and Harry Reid; and Jason Resendez, community advocate, and health care strategist.

To learn more about Consumers for Quality Care and the issues consumers are experiencing, visit http://www.consumers4qualitycare.org/.