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Shri Narendra Modi speaks to media on the sidelines of National Development Council meeting in New Delhi 

Centre’s policy paralysis leading country towards stagnation and negative growth, which will not help the nation: Shri Modi 

The last time we met, they spoke of 9% growth but we are still stuck at 7.9%. Now they have stopped thinking of 9% and have kept a target of 8.2%. A nation like us is aspiring only for 0.3% growth? Asks Shri Modi

CM calls for commission on natural resources where views of the state must be given importance 

PM is not serious about nation’s energy infrastructure: Shri Modi 

Planning Commission has studied our efforts towards skill development, our KVKs and asked other states to study it: Shri Modi 

More than 100 nations to join, focus will be on SMEs, small scale industries and knowledge partnership: CM on Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013

On the afternoon of Thursday 27th December 2012 Shri Narendra Modi came down heavily on the Congress-led UPA for policy paralysis. He said that due to this policy paralysis the country is headed towards stagnation and negative growth, which will never help the nation. The Chief Minister was speaking at the sidelines of the meeting of the National Development Council (NDC), which he is attending.

Text of Shri Narendra Modi's speech at meeting of NDC held in New Delhi

Shri Modi said, “the last time we met, they spoke of 9% growth but we are still stuck at 7.9%. Now they have stopped thinking of 9% and have kept a target of 8.2%. A nation like us is aspiring only for 0.3% growth?”

The Chief Minister called for a permanent policy in fuel utilization that would be of immense help. He pointed that in Gujarat a 3000 MW power plant is underutilized due to lack of fuel.

He also called for a commission on natural resources where the Centre must take the views of the state into consideration.

Shri Modi pointed out that the Prime Minister is not serious about the energy infrastructure and spoke on the need of focusing on a smart grid, which can potentially solve the issues.

He stressed on the importance of skill development and said that 65% of our nation consists of the youth and it becomes essential to make the youth the focal point of development initiatives. Shri Modi declared that the Planning Commission had outsourced the formulation of aspects on skill development but it’s been 2 years and not a single report has come. On the other hand the Planning Commission studied Gujarat’s efforts to strengthen skill development including the state’s Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras (KVK) and asked other states to study Gujarat’s model in this aspect, Shri Modi stated.

Speaking about the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2013 Shri Modi avowed that more than 100 nations will join the Summit and that the focus will be SMEs, small-scale industries and knowledge partnership.

When asked a question on the issue of FDI the Chief Minister affirmed that there has already been enough debate on the issue and that his party has made its stand clear on the issue repeatedly.

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