Modi stresses need for public participation for development

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Mumbai, Nov 10 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today stressed the need for a proactive policy driven governance and public participation for execution of developmental plans.

Speaking at a function organised here by the Confederation of Indian Industry on 'Investment opportunities in Gujarat', Mr Modi said three lakh water tanks were built in the drought prone areas of the state in the last five years following people's participation.

Mr Modi emphasised on the role played by coomnman in setting up of Nano car project in Gujarat and said a middle class person had sent him a Rs 30 draft saying that he should go ahead with the project as middle class person dreams of owning a car.

The man had also said that if needed Mr Modi should collect the stamp duty from the people of Gujarat and was sending Rs 30 for the same.

The Chief Minister said that farmers of north Gujarat had given him their lands for the Sujalam Sufalam canal, which had made the project possible within a period of 15 months.

Mr Modi said apart from people's participation there should also be a proactive governance by the government.

He ridiculed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that the recession will not have an impact on India. He said Dr Singh merely asked the industrialists not to retrench the people, without giving a proper plan to counter recession.

He said if there could be price rise due to the international market, then there could also be the impact of recession on India.

''The government cannot run like a fire brigade,'' he said, adding that there should be all out thinking for all around development of the state.

The proactive government should be a policy driven government which concentrates not only on industry and investment sector but also for human development index, he said.

Mr Modi said to reduce the pending cases in the court, he started the evening courts and the total number of pending cases has come down from over one crore to 22 lakh, adding that by 2010 he wants to bring it down to zero pending level.

Mr Modi said his efforts of balancing the male-female ratio in Gujarat is paying dividends as it has gone up from 1000:802 to 1000:884.

He also said there should be the value addition by the state government which will generate employment and cited the example of how his government is organising gems and jewellery exhibition in Surat in December and Gujarat Summit in January for providing platform to traders.

Later, during a question answer session, Mr Modi expressed fear of use of black money in taking over the financial institutions or banks.

He said the government will have to look at this issue cautiously and it should use even gold for the same.

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