When Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is in town to attend the 46th convocation of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), he complained to the latter that Gujarat was being treated “indifferently” by the Centre.
He also sought PM’s intervention in the notice from the Income Tax Department to the state government seeking details of MoUs signed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit organised by the state.
“The move by the I-T department reflects the negative mindset of the centre towards development in Gujarat, and is also an attempt to restrict the investment flowing into the state,” Modi stated in a memorandum submitted to the PM.
According to him, many other states had also organised investment summits to attract investment, but the I-T authorities singled out Gujarat.
“This is totally unfair and should be withdrawn immediately because the I-T has no purview to seek such details from the state,” he added.
As many as 7,936 MoUs, drawing investment to the tune of Rs. 20.83 lakh crore, were signed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2011.
Addressing students of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Singh stressed on the need to tackle effectively challenges such as mass hunger, poor healthcare and issues related to land and resources in order to push the reforms in the various spheres of economy.
The PM, who was chief guest at the 46th convocation of the business school, said, “The pace of reform in India will depend on how far our policies meet the test of democratic consensus and take into account vulnerabilities of different sections ....Companies undertaking greenfield projects cannot see their factories and units as oasis, cut off from the needs and interests of the community around them.”