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States woo overseas Indians with initiatives

business Updated: Jan 09, 2012 22:36 IST
10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Chief ministers of several states on Monday wooed overseas Indians by flaunting developmental initiatives launched by their respective governments and concessions offered to entrepreneurs.

The ministers also assured Non-Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin at the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas that their states would be more than willing to facilitate if they wish to invest in any sector, thereby contributing to the overall development of the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi highlighted the model adopted by the state to achieve inclusive growth. He lauded the contributions made by overseas Indians in the country's development.

"Our vision is to develop the country as a whole while focusing on development in Gujarat," he said. "We have taken major initiatives in the sectors of non-conventional energy sector, agriculture, industrial growth, education, including the launching of a solar policy, setting up of the University of Forensic Science."

Another BJP-ruled state Jharkhand, which has rich mineral resources, sought investments from the overseas community in areas including hospitality and air taxi services.

Listing out the initiatives being taken to put the state on the development path, chief minister Arjun Munda said Jharkhand needs investments in quality and specialised healthcare and diagnostic units, hospitals, medical colleges and para-medical institutions.

The government wants to involve more private partners in these sectors and has already identified 800 acres of land for a Knowledge City, he added.

"I assure you that the state will extend all necessary help for making, Jharkhand a first choice for your valued investments, along with the use of world-class efficient green technology," said Munda.

With majority of the non-residents of the state being unskilled and semiskilled workers, Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy devoted his speech to the initiatives taken to protect them and promote Kerala as an investment destination.

The state sought investments in IT and IT-enabled service, tourism, healthcare, knowledge, trade and retailing and infrastructure development.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot highlighted the state's achievement of power generation targets in the past few years and said his administration was concentrating on developing high quality of road and transport infrastructure.