Modi showcases growth model

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 04:27am hrs
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, in his maiden appearance after the BJPs debacle, at the global meeting of the emerging markets forum here on Thursday, showcased Gujarat as a role model for other states by implementing a novel policy of mimium government maximum governance.

Modi, in his address, said the state achieved an agricultural growth of 9.6% against the national agri growth of 2.8 %, while its economy grew at the rate of 12.8% in the first two years of the 11th Plan, against the target of 11.2%. Gujarat will emphasis on good governance, wealth creation and inclusive growth. The state is developing a unique vision where agriculture, manufacturing and services will contribute equally to the economy. Each sector will be developed to suport the others and ensure sustained growth and flexibility to respond to global economic and climate changes, he noted.

Modi argued that Gujarat, as the leader of Indias economic growth, is now in place to provide the nation with a model for governance reform. India must discard governance that seeks short-term gains. Governance must be developed with long-term institutions that will consistently deliver much-needed services to the public. Reforms in governance will succeed in transforming Indias foundations, where economic growth will be both sustainable, as well as inclusive, he noted.

Modi also explained a five pronged integrated strategy to achieve the current growth rate. It includes energy security for all, conservation and management of water, education for all, harnessing and development of human resources and safety and security covering all aspects ranging from internal security to life-threatening diseases.