NRI PARTICIPANTS at Khajuraho Investors’ Meet appeared to be impressed by the way Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has shunned visible security.
Whether it was at Hotel Holiday Inn during the networking-cum-dinner or at the inaugural session at Hotel Clarks Khajuraho on Tuesday, Chouhan was without security guards. At times, he went from the main conference hall to other rooms for one-on-one talks with investors and back.
Recalling a Pravasi Bharat Diwas meet in Mumbai, executive director of an Australian company T K Majumdar said, “At that meet, I found the Uttar Pradesh chief minister surrounded by a large number of security men, which was quite off-putting. That was a one-way communication, unlike here in Khajuraho.”
Several NRIs, who had participated in the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas function in Delhi recently, spoke quite high about Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.
“Like Chouhan, Modi too was accessible and urged us to be a part of his State,” Canada’s Romagnino Domenico recalled. Madhavi Verma, an attorney from New York, also lauded the Chief Minister’s easy accessibility. The CEO of a Singapore-based consultancy firm, Dr M Naach who is here on the CM’s invitation, found Chouhan “serious on his vision and mission.”
Though there were few security personnel in plain clothes, they did not cause hindrance to guests in meeting Chouhan. “The Chief Minister was not interested in having security cover of the kind,” Chhattarpur SP Chanchal Shekhar told Hindustan Times.
However, some NRIs and domestic investors were apprehensive whether the bureaucrats, especially agencies dealing with investors, would be as accessible as Chouhan. “The Chief Minister said there would be no red-tapism and if it is true, Madhya Pradesh could be a favourable investment destination,” a Chinese investor from Singapore said.