Gandhinagar: From a 'single window' to an 'open door', 'single desk' and a large 'dil' (heart)-- Chief Ministers offered all as they set out to woo the Indian diaspora seeking investments in their states at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on Friday.
It started with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who said his state has initiated a 'single window' clearance for investment proposals.
Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who spoke next at the dedicated session on investment opportunities, tried to outdo his counterpart from Punjab by saying his state has an entire 'door' open for funds to flow in and added he met potential investors every Monday.
Tech-savvy Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh added a virtual dimension to the discourse when he said his government believes in the power of technology and has a 'single desk' system for investors wherein all work gets done through the computer.
Right from a virtual tour of the plot to be bought, to diligence on the paper work and submission of documents, all can be done at the click of a mouse, said Naidu.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the youngest of the lot, laid bare his 'dil' (heart) as he serenaded the resourceful Indian expatriate.
"Maharashtra has neither window, nor the door nor desk for investors, but the most critical element --- 'dil' (heart) to welcome all and ensure ease of business," Fadnavis said evoking peals of laughter and a round of applause.
"This was an aspect of cooperative federalism in India. You had nine chief ministers speaking, but they were also very competitive in projecting their states," a Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said, summing up the proceedings.
Chief Ministers of other states, including Gujarat, which will be hosting the 'Vibrant Gujarat' summit next week, Goa and Jharkhand, however, refrained from using the same colourful language while appealing to the diaspora to invest.
Akhilesh Yadav of Uttar Pradesh, which had launched a massive media campaign across billboards and print media inviting investments, gave the event a miss.