Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government at the Centre for giving states across the country the required impetus and empowerment to perform in terms of overall economic contribution.
Addressing participants at the inauguration of the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015 here, Raje said India is strong today because states are strong.
“Under the able stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the NDA government at the Centre is carefully nurturing an eco-system of empowered states,” she said.
She further said that “cooperative federalism, Make in India, Digital India, and Skill India are not mere terms but the nuclei from which the India of tomorrow shall emerge.”
The summit was not a one-off event, she said. “We do not live in an economy but in a society and that is why the Rajasthan model of development rests on the three dimensions of social justice, effective governance and job creation.”
She said the inauguration set the pace for the summit with commitments of investments of more than Rs 3,30,000 crore that is expected to generate 2.5 lakh jobs.
“The reform process set in motion by the central government, is gaining momentum by the day,” she said.
Raje further said that foreign direct investment (FDI) is gradually being introduced in various key sectors of the state, and the administration is taking appropriate steps to simplify existing clearance mechanisms to facilitate better delivery of goods and services to the people of the state.
“We welcome the opening of FDI in regional airlines, which is good news for the tourism sector and we intend to be the first state to capitalise on this.”
The two-day summit — a global investors’ meet — is being organised by the state government in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry. Japan, Singapore, Italy and South Australia are the international partners at the meet.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu said the Rajasthan government would enter into a joint venture with the railways to develop rail infrastructure in the state. He said 24 railway stations will be developed in the state.
Union minister for chemicals and fertilizers Ananth Kumar said projects worth Rs 10,000 crore would be set up in the state, including a new campus of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research in Jhalawar besides upgrading of the Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology at Jaipur and setting up of a Rs 5,500 crore fertilizer project in Kota.
This apart a plastic park will be set up in Bhiwadi and a medical devices’ park in the state, provided that land is available, he said.
Top industry leaders, including Adi Godrej, Cyrus Mistry, Anand Mahindra, Uday Kotak, Anil Ambani, Anil Agarwal, Pawan Munjal and Kumar Mangalam Birla appreciated the state government’s implementation of reforms agenda and promoting of ease of doing business.
Anil Agarwal of Vedanta said Rajasthan has the potential of being “another Australia and another Canada”. Anil Ambani of ADAG Group said that his conglomerate had decided to make Rajasthan its solar power hub.
Singapore home minister K Shanmugam said Rajasthan was one of the only two states in India that his country had decided to partner for wide-ranging initiatives. He also revealed that Scoot — a group company of Singapore Airlines — would soon commence direct flights between Jaipur and Singapore.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, governor Kalyan Singh, Union ministers Ananth Kumar, M Venkaiah Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, chief minister Vasundhara Raje, state industries minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar, chief secretary CS Rajan, top industry and business leaders, diplomats and government representatives from across the globe were among those present at the summit.