Think bigger,go global: Modi to textile industry

Urging textile industrialists of Surat to “think bigger”,Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked them to work together in making Gujarat a global brand.

Written by Express News Service | Surat | Published:May 28, 2012 5:36 am

Urging textile industrialists of Surat to “think bigger”,Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked them to work together in making Gujarat a global brand.

Addressing a gathering at the general annual meeting of Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) here,Modi talked about “Five Fs” — farming,fibre,fabric,fashion,and foreign.

He ‘explained’ that by emphasising on cotton farming,fibre processing,fabric making,producing ready-made garment items for fashion and exporting these products to foreign countries,the state could make a brand name.

“We should make the brand name of Gujarat with zero per cent defect in the manufactured goods and meet the global standards so that the world will bow down before you to do business,” the CM said.

“We should think bigger and fix our targets not only to Gujarat or India,but we should do business globally. If Gujarat had been ruled by the central government no development and growth would have taken place… our growth rate is bigger. Gujaratis are not quarrelsome. We are business-minded… Gujarat is ahead in terms of development and growth in comparison to other states,and now the Centre has realised this fact,” he added.

Modi further said that while Gujarat does not have coal mines,the state is ahead in power production. “We don’t even have diamond mines,but we are ahead in diamond production as out of 10 diamonds found in the world,eight are cut and polished here in Surat. We have realised our strength and that is why we are on the growth path.”

“Earlier,we used to sell salt found at seashore and the business was done locally. But our vision is big,and now the entire country uses salt made in Gujarat,” he added.

At the function,Modi welcomed new SGCCI president Paresh Patel and felicitated outgoing chief Rohit Metha.

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