Gu­jarat’s drive to im­prove way for ‘New In­dia’

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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.

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