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Uttarakhand will grow at 18% by 2018: Harish Rawat

dehradun Updated: Jul 16, 2016 16:52 IST

Chief minister Harish Rawat with the woman members of FICCI.(HT Photo)

Uttarakhand has the best atmosphere for investment in the country, chief minister Harish Rawat said at an event organised here by the woman members of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Friday.

“Uttarakhand is among the 7-8 fastest growing states in India...By 2018, we would grow at 18%,” Rawat said, adding, the state is now leading in ease of doing business.

“Only last week, the state topped the ease of doing business in the country. We were at 23rd position 10 months ago but today we have climbed to the top of the list. It proves that the state offers the best atmosphere for investments in the country at present,” he said.

Stressing on inclusive growth for the state, Rawat said when he took over as the chief minister of Uttarakhand, the per capita income of the state was Rs 84,000, now it is Rs 2 lakh.

He also called for more freedom to states and said the Centre should realise that states are its partners.

“The Centre should give more freedom to states. Prime minister Narendra Modi should treat chief ministers as his younger brothers,” Rawat said.

The Uttarakhand government in its bid to attract women entrepreneurs and investment from India and abroad, is all set to establish a Women Entrepreneur Park spread in 200 acres of land in the Udham Singh Nagar district of the state, he said.