Prime Minister on Thursday stressed on the need for automobile industry's innovation for green alternatives to ensure protection and conservation of environment as well as help in making India self-reliant. In a written address at the annual session of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), he said, "Amrit Kaal is an opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency in every sector and the automobile sector is no exception. “The automobile sector has contributed to economic growth through new avenues for employment generation, the PM said in his message that was read out by the outgoing Siam president. "It is a need of the hour that the automobile industry's innovation for greener alternatives attains a new momentum, to ensure the protection and conservation of environment, as well as help in making India self-reliant," the PM said. He also expressed hope that the industry would look at developing a futuristic blueprint for the automobile sector. The Prime Minister also congratulated the auto industry on becoming the fourth largest in terms of vehicle manufacturing and lauded its achievement of record exports. "These accomplishments that came despite the pandemic have played a key role in India's economic resurgence," he added.