States seek more investments by overseas Indians
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Last Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012, 13:24
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 entrepreneurs.

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 Gujarati diaspora.

"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.


First Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 13:24

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