Now, Made in Gu­jarat

Pharma cos take the lead

Gfiles - - BRIC-A-BRAC -

When you have the king on your side, every­thing falls in line. This is an old dictum but its prov­ing right in Delhi. Gu­jarat and Gu­jarati com­pa­nies are the buzz word in New Delhi. Out­side the min­is­ters’ bungalows in Lu­tyens Delhi, lux­u­ri­ous cars with Gu­jarat state num­ber plates can be seen in the evening. Gu­jarat food is the new del­i­cacy in the up­scale Khan Mar­ket restau­rants. Gu­jaratis knows their ‘Dhanda’ well and they don’t waste time in showoff. Gu­jarati com­pa­nies are slowly makes in­roads in PSUs, govern­ment of­fices, na­tional events, and hospi­tals. Apart from the big con­tracts which are ten­dered, even the small items are be­ing sup­plied by Gu­jarat based com­pa­nies–whether it is cashew nuts, al­monds and tis­sue pa­per to cash starved Air In­dia or sta­tion­ary sup­plies on Civil Ser­vices Day. Most of the courier busi­ness has gone to Gu­jarat based com­pa­nies. Re­cently, the Se­cu­ri­ties Ex­change Board of In­dia (SEBI) has cho­sen a Gu­jarat based com­pany for its bulk courier to be de­liv­ered across In­dia. The big­gest mar­ket pen­e­tra­tion has been done Gu­jarati pharma com­pa­nies and most of the cen­tral govern­ment hospi­tals are flooded with medicines and equip­ment sup­plied by Gu­jarati pharma com­pa­nies. Sources in­form that this sit­u­a­tion is not only at the Cen­tre but that Gu­jarati com­pa­nies are also mak­ing in­roads in BJP-ruled states.

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