Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has told a group of lady industrialists he is aware that logjam created by environment and corruption charges are hurting the growth rate of the economy.
Rahul made the comments at a meeting with the delegation of women industry leaders who called on him recently. The group included Naina Lal Kidwai (HSBC India),Kalpana Morparia (JP Morgan India),Kiran Majumdar Shaw (Biocon),Renuka Ramnath (Multiples Alternate Assets Management) and Sangita Reddy (Apollo Hospitals).
In the two-hour long meeting,the Congress leader talked about his concerns including food security and health care for rural India. But he accepted that he needed to engage with the corporate sector more intensely. Gandhi was apparently advised by the delegation that he has not articulated his vision with business leaders except on sporadic occasions.
Rahul has agreed to meet the industry chambers more frequently. On Friday he is slated to meet a delegation from Ficci.
Naina Lal Kidwai said Rahul talked on the macro themes. The issues about growth that he talked about were in response to the comments we made at the meeting, she said. He spoke at length on youth mobilisation,income security for the poor and the way he thought industry could help him realise these objectives. His aides sat with him through the meeting,but other than him none else spoke.
While there was no discussion on whether he is the Congress partys prime ministerial candidate he did outline the direction he wants to take his party on. He said there is a lack of mass base for many of those who are elected to the legislatures and wanted the choice of candidates for his party to be made by the local committees and gram sabhas instead of being nominated from above.
In the run up to the general elections in 2014,this is Rahuls second meeting with industry. In the first meeting last month the industry leaders told him the leadership to be provided by the next government should be decisive. It was a lack of clear command from the top was partly responsible for the policy paralysis that had hurt the economy under the current UPA government,they said.
Narendra Modi,Gujarat chief minister and BJPs prime ministerial nominee too has met business leaders.
In a closed door meeting in June,Modi turned a listener to 100-odd corporates in Mumbai and heard their concerns around environment,water,labour laws and on Centre-state relations.
1. In the two-hour long meeting,the Congress leader talked about his concerns including food security and health care for rural India
2. In the run up to the general elections in 2014,this is Rahuls second meeting with industry
3. Gandhi was apparently advised by the delegation that he has not articulated his vision with business leaders except on sporadic occasions