Goa, Bengal Chhattisgarh showcase states for investment
Aiming to woo investment, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Friday competed each other to highlight the success stories of their states while addressing at the PanIIT Alumni Global Conference 2012 here.
Speaking at the conference on its second day, Raman Singh said his state Chhattisgarh will be the destination for investment in India.
"This is a state that has steel, cement, Aluminium, land..This will be the best destination for India where people can work well and invest," Singh said.
Inviting IITians, he said: "You all are the rising stars. I am welcoming all to invest in the state and be our knowledge partner."
Projecting the development in the agriculture sector, Singh said: "Our growth in agriculture sector is 6.4 percent...The outcome of the growth has been reflected by several factors- like we have curbed down deaths that were caused due to hunger."
"Chhattisgarh is the first state to guarantee Right to Food," he said.
Speaking on the power sector, he said: "When country was facing grid failure, our state was the only one that had zero power cut."
He assured that in the coming few years the state will ensure that 'there will not be any power cut'.
"We want to have the best physical infrastructure in the country in the next 10 years," Singh said.
Highlighting the development story of Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is an IITian, said: "Goa is already a very bright star in the West."
"Our health parameters are comparable with the West. The infant mortality rate has almost touched nearly single digit," the CM said.
Projecting the development of the state in the field of girl's education, he said: "In Goa we have 59.8 percent graduate girls and 62 percent post graduate women."
Education is an area, where we are pushing forward," Parrikar said.
Speaking on the illegal mining scam in the state, Parrikar said: "When the earlier government ruled there were rampant illegal mining scam that had taken place. When the Justice MB Shah Commission report came up, the Goa government stopped 100 percent mining."
He said the state has 100 percent broaband connectivity
"We have computer penetration comprable to Singapore...We have almost 98 percent mobile penetration," Parrikar said.
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra portrayed the growth figure of the state in various sectors while he addressed at the conference.
"We have jumped on the overall from 17th position last year to 6th position," Mitra said besides once again pointing out the huge debt burden the Mamata Banerjee government 'inherited' from the previous government.
He said in the field of education, the state has jumped from 17th position last year to third position in the country.
"At the bottom of the pyramid we have huge educational programme for upgradation of schools, etc," he said.
"In case of governance, we have jumped from 10th position to the second position in the country," Mitra said.
He said the state has conducted the largest tax reform 'ever conducted in the country'.
"No state in the country has dematerialized VAT certificates....what you get back is a dematerialized VAT certificate that the government has introduced in the sector. No connection with any bureaucrat in the process is required," Mitra said.
Mitra said no state in the country has mandatory e-tendering of government contracts.
"In the month of August, West Bengal has done Rs 4,000 crores worth of e-tendering of government contracts," Mitra said.
Speaking on investments, he said: "We have jumped from from 15th position to ninth position and we look to better this year."
Speaking at the same conference, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said: "The GDP (gross domestic product) of the state in the first quarter of this financial year has grown faster as compared to the nation. In the first quarter of 2012-13, the country's GDP grew by 5.5 percent, while at the same period, our growth was 6.94 percent."
The PanIIT Alumni Global conference 2012 started in Kolkata on Friday and will continue till Dec 9.
The PanIIT Alumni Association was formed in 2002 to gather all graduating IITians from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) since 1955 under one umbrella and engage them in initiatives of common interest.
Pertinently, the conference is alternately held in India and the US.
The PanIIT Global Conference was held in New York last year.