Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's Keynote Address at 10th India Today Conclave
Emphasizing on a balanced development in all three sectors i.e. one third in industry, one third in service sector and one third in agriculture, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that India can become a global leader by adopting this formula which Gujarat has introduced successfully in his State.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi said that the world’s economic centre is shifting from the West to East, where high rates of growth in emerging economies present challenges and opportunities. India’s inherent strengths are the world’s largest democracy, having an effective judicial system and the growing empowerment of the youth. Earlier this year, concern for global risk was described: as the world grows together, it is also growing apart. India has experienced these main threats of economic inequality, problems in water, food and energy supply and disease pandemics. To overcome and advance, India requires a double-strategy of building democracy and empowerment inwardly and also opening relations internationally, he suggested.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Narendra Modi focused on key areas which India requires for development in the next decade. These include preparing the World’s Largest Workforce, Developing as a Knowledge Powerhouse, Global Gateways and Global Hubs, Balanced Development, Democracy and Empowerment, Road Map for inclusive Growth, Erasing Corruption with Efficiency and A Governance Environment Enabling all to Succeed.
Gujarat is pioneering a new model of growth based on consent from the people rather than control of the government- this is the essence of our democratic inclusiveness. The development strategy of Gujarat can be characterized as 360 degrees growth model where people become the drivers of development. In order to empower people locally to guide the growth process, the State Government has initiated Taluka Sarkar – a sub district citizen-centric approach where governance and development is activated at the grass root level. Every Taluka in Gujarat will be empowered and self sustaining to provide a local platform for driving double digit growth and social development.
On electoral reform, Gujarat CM emphasized that it is must to curb political corruptions. All elections of Loksabha to State Assemblies should be held at the same time and with stipulated time frame, it should be made mandatory to serve the people for all ruling government bodies.
He showed the way for India to develop by focussing on our strengths namely democracy, youth power and our judiciary system. In an extempore speech, he highlighted the nuances of the Gujarat model of inclusive and all round development through people’s participation and innovative approaches. He said that Gujarat’s biggest strength is ‘development as a mass movement’. He emphasised on the tri colour of development made a reality in Gujarat in the form of white revolution (milk), green revolution (agri growth) and saffron revolution (high focus on renewable and non renewable energy).
Shri Narendra Modi answered to a whole gamut of questions by the audience which included those about replication of Gujarat’s model , state funding for elections, the effectiveness of federal structure, the time frame of his becoming the Prime Minister of India, etc. His swift and succinct replies got a wide applause and appreciation. In reply of a question on corruption he was asked what is the situation of corruption evil in Gujarat, Shri Modi said that it is on death bed and no chances to revive.
The one hour session, which was webcasted and telecasted live, was followed widely. On twitter, Narendra modi was trending in India.