T20 Deals hit 20 trillion

Published By : Admin | January 14, 2011 | 06:15 IST

COCKY CONFIDENCE: Chief minister Narendra Modi announced that everyone’s invited to the sixth edition of Vibrant Gujarat summit in January 2013. The next Gujarat Assembly polls are due before that in December 2012

Gandhinagar: A staggering 7,936 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for Rs 20,83,000 crore or Rs 20.83 trillion (about $462 billion) worth of projects have been signed in the two-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, chief minister Narendra Modi announced at the valedictory function Thursday evening.

The investment agreements include those signed by states like Karnataka, which had used the Vibrant Gujarat platform to market its case. The investment would result in about 5.2 million additional jobs, according to Modi.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the summit, Modi said, “One important factor of this summit is that 54% of the total MoUs are signed by small and medium enterprises.”

The previous edition of the summit in 2009 had mopped up Rs 12,00,000 crore or Rs 12 trillion (about $243 billion then), with about 4,000 MoUs being signed.

Growing both in scale and participation, Vibrant Gujarat 2011 was a much bigger event where 600 delegates had one-toone meeting with Modi in two days. “These included delegations from 33 countries and 10 Indian states,” said Maheshwar Sahu, principal secretary, industries, adding, “As many as 35,000 delegates, including 1,400 from abroad belonging to 101 countries, listened to 350 expert speakers on different subjects. There were 33 knowledge events, where 479 tie-ups happened. In 30 cases, MoUs were signed to put up projects outside Gujarat.”

Critics may argue that the actual inflow of money is a fraction compared to what was promised during the first four editions of Vibrant Gujarat. But even if a small percentage of what was pledged during the last two days comes actually on ground, it would be a mind-boggling number.

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pledges in Vibrant Gujarat 2011 are higher than India's foreign exchange reserves estimated at around $300 billion. The closing ceremony — home-grown billionaire Gautam Adani was the chief guest — began with Japanese singer Mayo Amarai singing ‘Limbuda Laido’ number enthralling the audience, which consisted of state-based businessmen, state BJP politicians, a few foreign delegates mainly from African countries, and diplomats from Japan and China.

Among the foreign dignitaries who spoke on the occasion praising Gujarat’s ‘vibrant’ character were the chief minister of a Brazilian province, ministers from Uganda and Rwanda, and Canadian MP Patrick Brown. Speaking in Hindi to reach out to the larger audience which would be listening to him online, Modi said the biggest achievement of the summit was the ability to “inspire the capitalists to work for the social cause.” Especially giving the example of Ratan Tata, he said, the Tatas’ proposal to develop rural transportation would go a “long way in transforming G u j a r at society.”Source : Times of India

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the National Cadet Corps Rally at Cariappa Ground. The Prime Minister inspected the Guard of Honour, reviewed March Past by NCC contingents and also witnessed the NCC cadets displaying their skills in army action, slithering, microlight flying, parasailing as well as cultural programmes. The best cadets also received medal and baton from the Prime Minister.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted a different level of enthusiasm in the celebrations as the country is marking the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Prime Minister remembered with pride his NCC connection and credited his training as an NCC cadet for giving him the strength to carry out his responsibilities towards the nation.

The Prime Minister paid tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai and Field Marshal Cariappa for their contribution in nation building. Both the brave sons of India have their jayanti today.

The Prime Minister talked about the steps being taken to strengthen the NCC in the country in a period when the country is moving forward with new resolutions. For this, a high-level review committee has been set up in the country. In the last two years, 1 lakh new cadets have been created in the border areas of the country, he said.

The Prime Minister elaborated on the steps being taken to open the doors of the defence establishments for girls and women. He noted the presence of the large number of the girl cadets and termed it to be a symbol of changing attitude of the nation. “Country needs your contribution and there are ample opportunities for that”, he told the girl cadets. He said now the daughters of the country are taking admission in Sainik Schools and women are getting major responsibilities in the army. The daughters of the country are flying fighter planes in the Air Force. “In such a situation, it should be our endeavour that more and more daughters should be included in NCC”, he added.

Noting the young profile of the cadets, who are mostly born in this century, the Prime Minister underlined their role in taking the country towards 2047. “Your efforts and resolve and the fulfillment of those resolutions will be the achievement and success of India”, he said. The Prime Minister said no power of the world can stop the country whose youth starts moving ahead with the thinking of nation first. India's success in the playfield and the startup ecosphere exemplify this very clearly, the Prime Minister said. In the Amrit Kaal i.e. from today to the next 25 years, the Prime Minister urged the cadets to combine their aspirations and actions with the development and expectations of the country. The Prime Minister also underlined the major role that today’s youngsters can play in the ‘vocal for local’ campaign. “If today’s youth resolves to use only those goods that have been created with the labour and sweat of an Indian, India’s destiny can be transformed”, he emphasized.

The Prime Minister remarked that today on the one hand there are good possibilities related to digital technology and information, on the other hand, there are dangers of misinformation. He stressed that it is also necessary that the common man of our country should not fall prey to any rumour. He proposed that NCC cadets run an awareness campaign for this.

The Prime Minister stressed that drugs should not reach the school/college where there is NCC or NSS. He advised the cadets to be free from drugs themselves and at the same time keep their campus free from drugs. Help the friends who are not in NCC-NSS to give up this bad habit too, he stressed.

The Prime Minister asked the cadets to get associated with Self4Society portal which is working to give new energy to collective efforts of the country. More than 7 thousand organizations and 2.25 lakh people are associated with the portal.