Legendary industrialist, Ratan Tata expresses his views about the burgeoning ecommerce industry. Keeping his experience and funds aside, he foresees a tremendous appetite for such services in India, even as he hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing in a "new spirit" to the country, says a report in PTI,
Stating that "it is still very early days" for the Make in India initiative of the Prime Minister, Tata said, "The sentiment is very high, which is good."
"India has got a new spirit. I think it's been a long time since the leadership in India has made such a bold statement," Tata told PTI in an interview.
The $103-billion Tata Group's Chairman Emeritus was here for the foundation stone laying ceremony for a new 150-million pound innovation venture he had helped conceptualize a few years ago.
On a spate of investments he has made in his personal capacity in the recent past in the e-commerce ventures, Tata said he has chosen to support this industry as he sees a tremendous group potential there.
"India is a big country with a tremendous appetite for computer-based or Internet-based services. It is a nascent industry and I have chosen to support it." he said.
In the recent months, Tata has invested in at least five companies linked to the digital economy and these include Snapdeal, CarDekho, Urban Ladder, Bluestone and most recently Paytm, although the size of his investments are not known.
77-year-old Tata retired as Tata Group Chairman in December 2012 after a 50-year run at the business conglomerate, including over two decades as its chief. He assumed the role of Chairman Emeritus post his retirement.
Earlier this month, mobile commerce firm Paytm announced an investment by Ratan Tata in his personal capacity.