Centre should hold conference on global meltdown: Modi

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Surat, Oct 19 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today asked the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convene a round table conference of representatives of the financial sector at the earliest to tackle adverse impact of the global recession on the Indian economy.

Modi said the conference should discuss ways to prevent US-like situation in India. If this is not done in time, dirty money, implying funds of terrorists, drug cartels and fake money, will enter the mainstream economy, he cautioned.

Talkinig to reporters here, Modi lambasted the Union Government for being a silent spectator to the continuously deepening financial crisis in the country. He warned that if current crisis is not resolved at the earliest, poor and developing countries will be affected the most.

The Chief Minister was in city for two programmes. In the morning, Modi inaugurated Surat Raktdan Kendra's new office at the civic health centre in Udhna, while in the noon he flagged off 'Swarnim Gujarat Yatra' from Kamrej.

Speaking at the function at Udhna, Mr Modi said till now, city's identity in blood donation field was hidden before Nation but today with opening of this new centre, Surat's contribution would be unfolded more accurately.

''Gujarat is one such state in the country which holds third position in blood, eye and organ donation and moral&spirit of our citizens can easily be known through this. Gujaratis are accomplishing their task like Maharishi 'Dadhichi' and are serving the needy,'' Modi said.

He praised citizens and especially blood donors for taking the institution to such a great height and said an institution is nothing without donors.

''Surat Raktdan Kendra has a long list of donors who had donated blood for more than 100 times. We should not forget that without these donors Kendra can't do anything despite having modern machinery. We should thank them for their awareness and activity,'' Modi added.

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