Gandhinagar, Jan 15 IBNS | 11 months ago

Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday said there is a need to create and bring back trust in the nation for its progress and industrial development as he addressed the India Inc at a FICCI function here.

"Trust changes situations. It brings a positive difference," said Narendra Modi at the FICCI meet in Gandhinagar, adding that there is a need to create an atmosphere of trust across the nation.

He focussed on firm leadership and confident decision making for the development and industrialisation.

"People want to come out of the gloom and they want ray of hope. Top priority is to bring the trust again. Even small things can create or break trust. And when there is pessimism all over you can imagine what happens," he said apparently taking a dig at the Manmohan Singh government at the centre.

"To come out of this gloom and question marks will be biggest challenge for us," he said.

"Sadly as the end of the 1st decade of 21st century came things changed. There were question marks all over. There was so much enthusiasm as nation entered 21st century. People had developed a trust that India can do something," he said.

"It is the need of the hour that we find answers to all the tough questions facing the people. Let us set the agenda," he said.

"Can we take decision with firmness, can we rescue the sinking the ship?" he asked, adding that everyone is confused on whom to trust.

"If we want employment we need development of industry. Land is not going to increase. We need to look at productivity and value addition. This is key," said Modi.

He said in terms of purchasing power, agriculture and services sector are very important.

"Mahatma Gandhi said think of how the last person in the line would gain. On those lines we need to think on purchasing power of poorest.," he said.

"Railway needs quality manpower. Why cannot we think of dedicated railway universities," he said.

"Till when are we going to get pistols from outside. I am really surprised. Our youth are skilled we can bring change. Why cannot we think of innovation in electronics sector," he said.

He said on the current account deficit, four people in Centre are saying four different things.

"The PM is very fond of inclusive growth but if we do not do capacity building among poor through education how can we make them skilled," he said taking a swipe at Manmohan Singh.

"Skilled manpower is key to the development of our nation in the coming years," said Modi.

He said value addition drives the economy and "we need to focus on that."

"What is happening to bauxite resources? Nothing. Socialist slogans are good but is that helping anyone," he said.

(Posted on 15-01-2014)

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