CM shares his views on good governance, management,
global and national economy at a programme held by
All India Management AssociationIn a programme held by All India Management Association (AIMA) in Ahmedabad today Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave inspiring answers and shared his views on the questions posed by management experts on various subjects including good governance, management and economic growth. Here are the excerpts of views the Chief Minister shared during the programme.
- Gujarat has made a great repute for its economic growth. Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit (VGGIS) is now being dubbed as ‘Dawos in action’. With VGGIS, Gujarat’s aim has not remained limited to merely attracting foreign investment, but to create a global business hub where other states and countries can take part and benefit from it.
- In the field of solar energy and renewable energy Gujarat has played role of a ‘game changer’. When Gujarat came up with its own solar power policy for the first time in the country, it announced to buy solar power at Rs.13 per unit. This was the time when coal and gas based power was available at around Rs.3 per unit. The central government afterwards announced its solar policy and fixed its solar power purchasing rate at Rs.19 per unit. Obviously, for Gujarat it was difficult to stand against the Centre’s higher purchase rate. But, due to its high repute Gujarat has by now already dedicated to nation 750 MW solar power production capacity, whereas the Centre has still managed a meager 120 MW. Day by day, the rates of coal and gas based power is increasing while the rates of solar power is decreasing. In some near future, the rates for both the types of power will come to same at about Rs.5 per unit. Thus, with its courageous move, Gujarat has proved a game changer in the field of solar energy.
- Gujarat has shown new path to the world in generating power by installing solar panels on Narmada canals. Now the state has undertaken research with a view to generate a combined hydro-solar power by putting micro turbine in canal water.
- The secret of success of ‘team-Gujarat’ is its efficiency.
- Leadership has to be such that encourages the teamwork and brings out best of every team members by giving them complete freedom and by giving opportunities to them to demonstrate their caliber.
- Governance in the State has to be policy-driven. People’s participation is needed to bring transparency in policy implementation. If the gray area could be kept to a minimum, there is almost no chance for corruption or discrimination.
- Technology has brought transparency in administration. The income of Gujarat’s Bhilad RTO check post is Rs.762 crore more than the adjacent Aachhad check post of Maharashtra. The drastic difference between the incomes of two check-posts, locating adjacent on the same national highway, is a result of technology based e-governance of Gujarat.
- A powerful information technology network is needed as a prerequisite, if the Central government wishes to properly implement CST. This is not becoming possible because of lack of electricity in all areas. This must be given prime importance. Former Finance Minister Pranav Mukherjee admitted the necessity of this setup.
- In the world’s top 25 investment zones, Dahej of Gujarat is the only one from India.
- If somebody sweeps away filth, he is doing service to the nation. My responsibility is to take care of the prosperity of the six crore Gujaratis. As the Gujarat is a part of this nation, the service of Gujarat is the service of nation.
- In order to progress in this competitive manufacturing sector of the world, one must need to earn repute in zero defect manufacturing and best packaging technic. Today, in every vehicle of the world, one or the other part is of Gujarat.
- Gujarat government has constructed a building in Maninagar to establish a university for human resource development for the field of urban infrastructure, urban management and urban development. But, the bill for the same is not getting the Governor’s approval.
- Gujarat has a 1600 km-long seacoast. Gujarat is best suitable for setting up of a marine engineering and coastal management institute. But the central government keeps discrimination towards Gujarat and is not giving nod to Gujarat’s proposal.
- Gujarat government desires to set up a medical college in every district. The government has also added 5000 seats of medical education.
- Government of India should form ‘hospital bed insurance benefit policy’ for the patients.
- Skill development courses along with formal degree education for youths is the best means to eliminate unemployment. Gujarat has introduced about 986 skill development courses.
- The strategies of low-cost manufacturing, effective governance and best infrastructure must be implemented if we want to turn the global recession into an opportunity. Gujarat is moving ahead in that direction.
- I am also a human being. In 2001, I gave promise that though I might commit mistakes in my work, my deeds will never be motivated by ill-will. I have kept this promise…I have spared no efforts in doing my work…there is no blot on me of taking any personal benefits…of course, there is no end to political allegations and spreading of falsehood… faith and blessings of six crore people of Gujarat is with me… My whole focus is on the welfare of Gujarat.