Gujarat’s drive to improve way for ‘New India’
WITH the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit fast approaching, the chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani recently held the official curtain raiser, for the mega summit, at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.
Addressing a hall filled with key industrialists of India and senior government officials, Rupani laid out the theme and focus for the biennial summit, which is ‘Shaping a New India’. He stated, “Our vision is to develop and build a ‘New India’ by the year 2022 – and achieve the target set forth for us by our Prime Minster Modi for the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.” The goal is to establish India’s infrastructure, with futuristic smart cities and a high-quality of life for its people. Upcoming developments such as the Ahmedabad Metro Rail, commercial development on Sabarmati Riverfront, Surat Dream City, and up-gradation of Bus Terminals, are designed to support the next phase of urban development in Gujarat.
Along with industrial growth, Rupanii emphasised the government’s focus on providing good healthcare and education for the 6 crore citizens of Gujarat. He added, “Gujarat today is a testimony of the fact that businesses and companies from all over the world and within India have shown their confidence in the state as a preferred destination to live in and to do business. We have used technology to create a transparent government that works for the benefit of the people. ”He credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for better centre-state relations and stated that the PM’s idea of co-operative federalism has ensured that states are partners in the growth of India.
Dr Raman Ramachandran, chairman and MD of BASF India and Haijun Wang of Chromei Steels, spoke of their company’s experience of investing heavily in Gujarat at the curtain raiser. Gujarat’s policy-driven approach provides a level-playing field. This system-based governance builds which that makes companies want to keep returning.
Ramesh Abhishek, secretary DIPP spoke of how Gujarat’s naturally business-friendly population coupled with able support from the government is something that all states across the country should emulate. He also credited Gujarat for showing the way in increasing the ease of doing business, which helped power India’s rise in business rankings over the last few years.
Dr JN Singh, chief secretary, spoke about the all round development of Gujarat and stated that the Gujarat Government has also focused on holistic development of the social and the economic sectors through balanced policies and inclusive growth.
MK Das, additional chief secretary (Industries & Mines) made a presentation on business opportunities. He highlighted the strong infrastructure that is already in place in terms of roads, railway networks, ports, power supply, and gas and water grids. He also elaborated on Gujarat’s next phase of development, for which work is already underway. Gujarat is now developing futuristic infrastructure projects such as the Special Investment Region at Dholera and Mandal-Becharaji; GIFT City; PCPIR; Coastal Economic Zone in Kutch; the Ahmedabad Mumbai Bullet Train as well as India’s first 1 GW offshore wind energy park.
Rupani also held one on one meetings with the CEOs and MDs of key industries and apprised them about investor friendly policies of the state and invited them to participate in the summit.
Senior state officials including additional chief secretary (Finance) Arvind Agarwal, Industries commissioner Mamta Verma, MD Industrial Extension Bureau, RK Beniwal were also in attendance.
Gujarat’s policy-driven approach provides a level-playing field
Vijay Rupani (centre) speaking at the global summit at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi.