Gujarat also judged among three best Big States in the country

 Under Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Gujarat has become a model state ensuring security to its citizens and ranked among best in the country

As the Centre reels under acute criticism from all sections of society for failure to provide security and safety to the citizens of Delhi especially women and children, Gujarat has again shown the way by being declared the most ‘safe and secure state’ in India.

Gujarat has been adjudged the best Big State for providing citizen security and one of the top three Best Big States for their overall performance at the IBN7 Diamond States Awards – 2012. The jury comprised of eminent people from various walks of life including Dr. Bimal Jalan, Ex-Governor of RBIm Shri M. Damodaran, Ex- SEBI and UTI Chief, Shri Gurcharan Das, eminent Economist and writer, Mr. T. R. Subramanian, Ex-Cabinet Secretary and Dr. Bakul Dholakia, Ex–Director, IIM Ahmedabad among others. These eminent personalities decided the awardees based on the performance as well as data collected during the survey.   

Gujarat has received number of national and international awards in last decade for Good Governance. Recently, in November 2012, Gujarat was also adjudged Best Big State (Overall) in the country for its performance by the India Today. It was also adjudged Best State for Investment.

When the whole world was reeling under the economic slowdown, vision of the Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi made Gujarat achieve an unprecedented double digit economic growth along with peace and prosperity. Chief Minister emphasized that growth of Gujarat is integral for India’s development, which can be achieved by developing a synergistic approach towards converting the slowdown into an opportunity for all to excel.

On one hand where security of teenagers (especially girls), women and aged people has been a growing matter of concern in the cities across India, Gujarat has presented an instance of being a safe haven for all sections of the society. Crime against teenagers, women and senior citizens has been negligible.

Under the leadership of Shri Modi as Chief Minister, Gujarat has developed one of the best infrastructure and created conducive environment for its people to realize their full potential and excel in their chosen vocation. The State is power surplus and provides power to other States. It is free of labour disputes and issues relating to land acquisition. The growth and development has been comprehensive in all regions and all sectors.

Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat Shri Bharat Lal received both the awards from Speaker of Lok Sabha Smt. Meira Kumar at a function held in New Delhi, which was graced by a number of eminent people of the country.

Universal praise for Gujarat’s Development Model 

Under the visionary leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, Gujarat has won many awards due to the remarkable progress taking place in the state.

A few months ago, the Legatum Institute released the 2012 Global Prosperity Index in which it was affirmed that Gujarat scores the highest on social capital in India. When compared to 142 nations, Gujarat scores 15th and compares better than several of the developed nations.

A strong thumbs up to Gujarat’s development under Shri Narendra Modi was given by Asia’s leading brokerage firm CLSA. CLSA placed Gujarat among the fastest growing states and termed its development model as most unique. 

A report by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) noted that Gujarat tops the list among states, receiving the highest share of private investment, both domestic and international. 

It is these pro-people and development oriented policies that led to the people reposing their faith in Shri Modi and the BJP in the 2012 Gujarat Vidhan Sabha Elections. Both the national and international media have hailed the BJP’s victory under the leadership of Shri Modi. Intellectuals and public policy experts too have written extensively on the significance of the win.


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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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May 08, 2021

At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.