India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated HK Hub, the ultra-modern diamond manufacturing unit of Hare Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., in Surat on April 17th. Also present on the occasion were Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, and Gujarat’s former chief minister Anandiben Patel.
In his speech, Modi said Surat has made a mark in the diamond industry but there is now a need to look at the entire gems and jewellery sector. He said that “as far as the gems and jewellery sector is concerned, our aim should not only be ‘Make in India’ but also ‘Design in India’.”
The inauguration ceremony was attended by more than 20,000 people, which included guests and employees of the company. Modi also planted a sapling named ‘vikas no vadlo’, meaning the tree of progress.
Modi paid tribute to the contribution of the late Prime Minister Morarji Desai for the foundation he laid for the progress of the economy. He also recalled the services of late Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in presenting a united India.
Modi noted that traditional jewellery designs from India can be promoted and marketed in the rest of the world and Gujarat has to lead the way.