Jaipur: Chief Ministers of several states,
including Gujarat, on Monday wooed more investments from overseas
Indians by flaunting developmental initiatives launched by
their respective governments and concessions offered to
The leaders also assured the Non-Resident Indians and
Persons of Indian Origin at the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
here that their states would be more than willing to
facilitate if they wish to invest in any sector thus
contributing to the overall development.
The Chief Ministers deviated from their prepared speech
copies and went all out to woo the NRIs and PIOs as they
explained the development initiatives being taken by their
respective governments in achieving inclusive growth.
They specially mentioned schemes launched to empower
womenfolk in their states.
Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi punched holes in the current development model calling it
as one based on exploitation and suggested emulation of his
state’s model where people have been made "equal partners" in
the process to achieve inclusive growth.
Deviating from the prepared speech, Modi concentrated on
the model adopted by his administration to achieve inclusive
growth and explained how his state became a power surplus
state in a span of just few years.
Modi, whose speech was lapped up by the delegates from 60
countries, lauded the contributions made by overseas Indians
in the country’s development and particularly mentioned
"Our vision is to develop the country as a whole while
focusing on development in our state of Gujarat which has seen
tremendous progress. We turned crisis into opportunities and
presented a new model before the country.
"We took major initiatives in the sectors of
non-conventional energy sector, agriculture, industrial
growth, education and presented a different picture. Gujarat is
the first state to take several initiatives that included
launching of a solar policy, setting up of University of
Forensic science and security agencies from across the globe
are working with the university," he noted.