Ending days of uncertainty and confusion, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Madhya Pradesh Global Investors’ Summit, aimed at showcasing the state as major investment destination for overseas and domestic industrialists, at Indore on October 9.
"I am happy to inform you that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to inaugurate the Global Investors Summit on October 9 in Indore," Chouhan told reporters in New Delhi.
The three-day summit is scheduled to start from October 8, the first major event of the state government after formation of the NDA government at the Centre.
Sources said the PMO had maintained silence over the state government’s invite which was sent to the PM about a month back. What made the government helpless in pursuing Modi vigorously was the latter’s schedule.
To make the matters worse for the government, an official communiqué to media a few days back said it was minister for micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra who would inaugurate the event.
It was a faux pas on the state government’s part. For, Mishra was supposed to inaugurate the MSME meet on October 8, not the global investors meet. However, damage had already been done.
Following adverse media reports, Chouhan stepped up his efforts to pursue Modi to accept the state government's invite. Chouhan along with industries minister Yashodhra Raje Scindia met Modi in Delhi and made a personal request to him to accept the invitation.
A visibly relaxed Chouhan said that he was keen "to project Madhya Pradesh as a major investment destination for global and domestic industrialists."
"We have 24x7 electricity. Law and order situation is good in the state. Despite being a land-locked state, we are fast emerging as a preferred investment destination due to our pro-industry policies," Chouhan said. He said representatives from 20 countries and known industrialists from India and abroad will be participating in the summit.