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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.

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