Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today urged the young generation to lead the nation in its mission for becoming a global leader. While addressing the Young Entrepreneurs Meet, held at Ahmedabad as a precursor to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit (VGGIS) 2011, he said that Gujarat is bound to excel in all of the segments and the young entrepreneurs should try their best for creation of new-age Gujarat.

'In the next decade, the coastal belt of Gujarat will become the gateway to prosperity for the entire country. The state will become the second largest hub for ship-building in Asia after Korea,' he said.

Around 500 young entrepreneurs, from India & abroad as well, attended the meet. Elaborating that how Gujarat has redefined the growth, the Chief Minister said, 'Despite no change in administration, manpower & judiciary in last one decade or so, Gujarat has given new dimensions to growth. The momentum is so high that it has become a subject of debate for the budding entrepreneurs. Even with draught-prone zones & scarcity, the state has made miracle with agricultural growth rate of 9.6% in last decade & 12.5% in last five years.'

Asserting that there is no short cut for success, he expressed confidence that VGGIS is indicative of Gujarat's great vision & dream and we would materialize this dream at any cost.

According to him, in the 21st century, India will have to face fierce competition with China, but ultimately our nation will have an edge over its arch rival thanks to it democratic mechanism & fair judiciary. In this endeavor, contribution of the young generation will be crucial.

Outlining the potential for the development of tourism & service sectors in the state, the Chief Minister said, 'The 1,600 km long coastline in the state will act as an impetus for creation of new-age Gujarat and many modern cities are expected to come up along the seashore. Apart from that, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, being developed with support from Japan, will also bring in prosperity in the state.'

While interacting with the participants, Shir Narendra Modi outlined the strategy for development of the small & medium scale units in the manufacturing sector and also for intellectual skill development among the entrepreneurs. 'Our Prime Minister has proposed to develop 500 skill development centers in the country. Against this, China already has 6,000 centers. But the state like Gujarat is committed to develop 2,000 such centers for manufacturing sectors and gradually, the number will be increased to 10,000'.

He also mentioned that Gujarat-based universities have signed 74 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with around 29 foreign varsities for development of skill-set & human resources and application of advance technologies for the purpose. Commencement of long-distance educations programs through Bisag satellite is also meant for skill upgradation among the students.

Gujarat's pattern for betterment of tribal community is a perfect approach for the purpose & it has produced desired results, he added.

He also informed that Gujarat has proposed to keep labor laws as a state subject. The decentralized administration with assignment of powers to taluka level administration is other innovative approach adopted by Gujarat, he said.

He emphasized on the need for brand building among the SME sector saying that these units should also focus on quality with an aim of zero-defect manufacturing.

The Chief Minister informed that development of industries through incentives was never at the core of the government policy, but it provides conducive environment for growth.

Former Union Minister of State Shri Suresh Prabhu, who was also present at the meet, hailed the initiatives taken by the Chief Minister for the growth of Gujarat. 'By ensuring public participation in the process for progress, Shri Modi has really made a difference.'

A seminar on 'Enterprising Gujarat 2020 The Way Forward' was also organized by CII along with the meet. Dr. Vikram Chadhawal from Reliance Health Ventures, CII's Chairman for Gujarat chapter Shri Yatindra Sharma, Dalmia Cement MD Shri Punit Dalmia, Aries Agro ED Shri Rahul Mirchandani and Tarana Patel from Mamta Group took part in the seminar.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.


The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.