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Gujarat voted for development: ASSOCHAM

Posted on Dec 20, 07:22PM | IBNS

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), an apex trade association in the country, on Thursday congratulated Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his third consecutive win in the state assembly elections.

"Gujarat has voted for development," said ASSOCHAM president Rajkumar Dhoot while congratulating Modi.

"The Gujarat government under the able guidance of Mr Modi has been an epitome of good governance and path-breaking development, evidently as the state has made remarkable progress during the course of last decade," said Dhoot and Bhagyesh Soneji, chairperson of Gujarat Council while hailing Modi's historic re-election for the third term.

"Improving the basic infrastructure to facilitate the industries for starting new ventures by utilizing the vast mineral reserves of Gujarat and promoting public-private partnership (PPP) in agriculture, industry and services sectors to create new jobs and further promote economic activity through proper co-ordination between government, private sector and the civil society must be the next agenda of the state government," said the ASSOCHAM chief while sharing the industry's perspective.

"A single-window clearance system for registration, progress and review of applications' status, adoption of cluster development approach to spur employment in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) involved in khadi and village industries, sericulture, craft and handloom products and reaching a consensus on goods and services tax (GST) are other significant issues critical for development of Gujarat's state economy," said Soneji.

"Promoting the use of renewable sources of energy like solar, biogas and hydro for sustainable growth and to meet the rising electricity requirement, setting up of export promotion zones for export of dairy, cereals, sugar, confectionary, textiles, garments, footwear, glassware, automobiles and other such export driven industries thereby making Gujarat an export hub are certain other areas the state government should focus."