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Fruits of growth should reach the poorest: Guj CM Anandiben

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel inaugurated Pre-Vibrant Seminar ‘Financing for economic growth’ on Friday. She said that it is a matter of pride that as a part of Vibrant Gujarat, experts will deliberate on issues impacting not just Gujarat, but the whole country. Lauding the success of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summits, she added that what started as an investment promotion summit, has now become a knowledge sharing platform.

Talking about Gujarat’s contribution in the development of India, CM Patel said that Gujarat has a share of 24 per cent in exports, 17 per cent in manufacturing sector and 11 per cent in primary sector output of India. Growth in the state has been translated into inclusive development, and thus Gujarat is known as the Growth Engine of India, she added. CM talked about how Gujarat government is working in the direction of providing power, IT-enabled-services and other welfare schemes and ensuring last-mile-delivery of the same. There can’t be any place better than Gujarat to discuss about financing for economic growth, she added. Patel noted that Gujarat has also been able to leverage on private finance to multiply state investment through PPP mode effectively, not just for infrastructure but also for other developmental sectors.

Patel said that unless the fruits of economic growth reach to the poorest of the poor of our country, growth will be more of a burden for the society, than an asset. She urged the dignitaries present at the seminar to deliberate upon how to empower the poor, women and the small farmers and come up with ideas for policy initiatives that can lead to better inclusive development.


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