Jaipur, The Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje while expressing pleasure on the interest shown by the foreign investors for the infrastructure development in Rajasthan, she stressed the need for preparing an integrated road map in order to prepare a combined strategy with the interested investors especially investors from Japan and U.K.
Smt. Raje was addressing a joint by presentation meeting held on "potential of investment in Rajasthan" organised by Indian Centre Foundation and India in Corporate (India inc.) with investors of UK and Japan at New Delhi on Monday. She said inclusive development of Rajasthan was the top priority of her government. There were abundant opportunities for infrastructure development in various sectors like Solar Energy, Road, Citizens' Development, Health, Education, Tourism, Water-Resources and Agriculture, she added.
The Chief Minister said around 38 percent part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial and Freight Corridor would pass through Rajasthan. Proximity of State with Delhi also attracts many domestic and foreign investors towards Rajasthan. We were already working with Japan at "Japanese Zone" developed in Neemrana while the second Japanese Zone and South Korean Zone were proposed in Gilot, she added. Infrastructure development was a challenging task in desert dominated Rajasthan which had its peculiar geographical conditions. By adopting a holistic approach we need to prepare an overall strategy and roadmap, she stated.
Smt. Raje said more exercise was required to develop fast transport facilities by strengthening the rail and road transport and expanding air services. Rajasthan had distinctive position on the world tourism map due to its art, culture and heritage. She suggested that representatives from the Japan and U.K Government could begin initial talk with the Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary of Rajasthan and prepare a roadmap.
The Chief Minister suggested to include employment generation in this roadmap. She said special focus should be made on employment generating schemes in agriculture, industry and health sectors. She also suggested for developing trauma-centres to provide immediate assistance to people injured in accidents.
The Energy Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Khinvsar said efforts were being made to tap the abundant potential in solar energy sector. The PWD Minister Shri Yunus Khan suggested that bullet train and development of agriculture based industries should be included parallel to the proposed Express Highway costing Rs. 12,000 crores between Delhi-Jaipur.
The Chairman of India Centre Foundation Shri Vipul Kant Upadhyay gave presentation on India-Japan global partnership. Shri Kant said Japan was going to organise India-Japan Global Partnership Summit and it was proposed to include Rajasthan as a focus state. He said that the Japanese Prime Minister had special interest in Rajasthan and requested the Chief Minister to visit Japan to have a look at the infrastructure development works carried out in Japan. While referring of the age old relations between India and U.K., India in Corporate (India inc) CEO Shri Manoj Ladwa said U.K. had long experience of working in PPP model and Rajasthan could get benefit of it.
The Chief Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehirishi, Additional Chief Secretary C.S. Rajan, Principal Secretary Finance Shri Subhash Garg, Principal Secretary PWD Shri D. B. Gupta, Principal OSD to CM Shri Arijit Benerjee, members of the State Planning Board Shri Rajesh B. Shah, Shri S.N. Subramanyam, Ms. Rubina Diwan, Shri Satyendra Singh Tomar, Shri Aroop Ganguly and Ms. Patricia Hope Hewitt and other senior officials were present on this occasion.