Gujarat has capacity to create a niche for ‘Made in Gujarat’ goods in global economy, and build ‘Gujarat’ as a brand– Narendra Modi

Gujarat has the resources, location, entrepreneurship and leadership to become a global business destination – Prof Jagdish Sheth


Gandhinagar, Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that the state has all the capacity and ability to create a niche for ‘Made in Gujarat’ goods in global economy as well as build ‘Gujarat’ as a brand.

Speaking at a lecture by international expert on marketing Prof Jagdish Sheth on the occasion of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit-2013 at Mahatma Mandir, Mr. Modi said that Gujarat is situated at a strategic location where East meets West.

He said that the state took initiative in spreading Information Technology & Communication (ITC) around 2009 and connected 18,000-odd villages through broadband. In sharp contrast, the Centre could not do it for hardly 3,000 villages. Just as Gujarat has joined the world’s Ivy League of sorts in cracking cyber crime by establishing Forensic Science Library here, he said, Gujarat is now poised to embark on the next stage of Information Highway, onto the highway of human development.

Mr. Modi stressed on the need to take the Indian economy from being a ‘Market’ to become a part of ‘Market Economy’ for a win-win situation. He said that Gujarat is part of a ‘developing country’ but has the capacity to partner ‘developed countries’. The people of Gujarat already belong to the global community and have the global intellectual capacity to showcase its prowess.

Prof Jagdish Sheth said Gujarat has four plus points to compete in the global economic system, they being resources, location, entrepreneurship and leadership. These qualities could take Gujarat to eight advantageous situations: (1) to create a developed market from unorganized market, (2) to invest in business accounting infrastructure, (3) to attract the best domestic and global brains, (4) to develop a cosmopolitan culture, (5) to strengthen public-private partnership, (6) to set up world-class institutions, (7) to establish global mindset and international benchmarks, and (8) create its own positive image of ‘Gujarat’ as a brand.

He had a word of praise for the political stability, public-private partnership and good governance in Gujarat as has been put into practice by the Chief Minister for all round development of the state, marching onto the path of ‘inclusive growth’, according it more importance than economic growth.

Prof Sheth dwelt on what would be the socio-economic equations and what roles the Chinese, Indian and American economies would play in this competitive world by 2020. He said that China and India would transform themselves as the leaders of emerging economy in the form of ‘CHINDIA RISING’.

He also predicted that India would grow faster after 2020 and China’s single-child policy would make it an ageing country thereby reducing its working population and slowing down its economy.

The lecture was followed by question-answer session.

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October 03, 2022
PM to inaugurate and lay foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 3650 crore
PM to inaugurate AIIMS Bilaspur, whose foundation stone had also been laid by PM
PM to lay foundation stone of project for four laning of National Highway worth over Rs 1690 crore
Project will boost industrial development and tourism in the region
PM to lay foundation stone of Medical Device Park at Nalagarh and inaugurate Government Hydro Engineering College at Bandla
PM to participate in Kullu Dussehra celebrations

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Himachal Pradesh on 5th October, 2022 where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 3650 crore. At around 11:30 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate AIIMS Bilaspur. After that, he will reach Luhnu Ground of Bilaspur at around 12:45 PM, where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects and also address a public function. Prime Minister will reach the Dhalpur Ground of Kullu at around 3:15 PM, where he will participate in Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

AIIMS Bilaspur

Prime Minister's vision and commitment to strengthen health services across the country is being showcased again through the inauguration of AIIMS Bilaspur. The Hospital, whose foundational stone was also laid by the Prime Minister in October 2017, is being established under the Central sector scheme Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.

AIIMS Bilaspur, constructed at a cost of more than Rs 1470 crore, is a state-of-the-art hospital with 18 specialty & 17 super specialty departments, 18 modular operation theaters, 750 beds with 64 ICU beds. Spread over 247 acres, the hospital is equipped with 24 hours emergency and dialysis facilities, modern diagnostic machines like ultrasonography, CT scan, MRI etc, Amrit Pharmacy & Jan Aushadhi Kendra and also a 30 bedded AYUSH block. The Hospital has also set up the Centre for Digital Health to provide health services in the tribal and inaccessible tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh. Also, specialist health services will be provided by the hospital through health camps in the inaccessible tribal and high Himalayan regions like Kaza, Saluni, and Keylong. The hospital will admit 100 students for MBBS Course and 60 students for nursing courses every year.

Development projects

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of around 31 km long project for four laning of the National Highway from Pinjore to Nalagarh on NH-105, worth over Rs. 1690 crore. The project road is a major connecting link for the traffic from Ambala, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Solan /Shimla going towards Bilaspur, Mandi and Manali. About 18 km stretch of this four-lane national highway falls under Himachal Pradesh and the remaining portion falls in Haryana. This highway will ensure better transport facilities in Nalagarh-Baddi, the industrial hub of Himachal Pradesh, and will also give a fillip to further industrial development in the region. It will also boost tourism in the state.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Medical Device Park at Nalagarh, which will be built at a cost of about Rs 350 crore. MoUs of more than Rs. 800 crore have already been signed for setting up industries in this Medical Device Park. The project will significantly enhance employment opportunities in the region.

Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Government Hydro Engineering College at Bandla. Costing about Rs 140 crore, the college will help make available trained manpower for hydro power projects, in which Himachal Pradesh is one of the leading states. It will help in upskilling the youth and providing ample job opportunities in the hydro power sector.

Kullu Dussehra

The International Kullu Dussehra Festival will be celebrated from 5th to 11th October 2022 at Dhalpur Ground of Kullu. The Festival is unique in the sense that it is the congregation of more than 300 Deities of the Valley. On the first day of the Festival, the Deities in their well decorated palanquins pay their obeisance at the temple of the Chief Deity Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and then proceed to the Dhalpur Ground. Prime Minister will witness this divine Rath Yatra and the grand assembly of the Deities in the historic Kullu Dussehra celebrations. It will be the first time ever that the Prime Minister of the country is participating in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.