Modi gets investment maths wrong for Vibrant Gujarat
Figures about committed investments, which have come into the state since the launch of these biennial investment melas in 2003, have been inflated. Additionally, bundling of past, present and future investments have completely befuddled analysts. But whatís most shocking and bewildering is the fact that figures compiled on committed and implemented investments by the state governmentís own Industries Commissioner donít tally with those being circulated by Modi and his men in the days leading to the summit.
Witness this: Modi on Wednesday claimed a high 63% implementation of the astronomical proposed investments which Gujarat has been able to rope in the earlier three biennial VGGIS held in 2003, 2005 and 2007. These claims are false and exaggerated and have put Modi on the hot seat. Statistics accessed from the office of the Industries Commissioner under the Right to Information (RTI) Act after a month from the time FE put in the initial request reveal an implementation rate of only 25%, less than half of what Modi boasted.
While the figures released by the Gujarat government peg the total proposed investment inflow from the 229 MOUs signed during the 2005 VGGIS at Rs 106,161 crore, the government claims that the investments commissioned and under implementation total up to Rs 74,019 crore. Though the data accessed