Claiming that the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, being organised since 2003, has created job opportunities in the state, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday said that Gujarat is considered an “ideal state” for migrations.
“Gujarat has the best urban infrastructure, a business-friendly atmosphere and zero-level unrest and so today Gujarat is considered to be an ideal state for migrations,” Rupani said while addressing a group of businessmen from across the country at the national executive committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
His comments come weeks after a large number of migrant workers fled Gujarat following attacks on north Indian workers, mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, following the arrest of a migrant worker in connection with the rape of a toddler.
Citing “industrial peace in the state”, Rupani said that there were more than 100 product clusters, 200 industrial estates and 18 functional SEZs, among other investment regions. He claimed that the state is a “land of opportunities” where the level of unemployment is less compared to states like West Bengal and Kerala.
“The number of unemployed persons listed in employment exchanges in Kerala is about 40 lakh, in West Bengal it is 60 lakh, while in Gujarat it is just five lakh. Slowly we are reducing that too. The development that began with Vibrant Gujarat summits has today become a movement… With investments that come through Vibrant Gujarat summits, a lot of job opportunities are created here,” he said.
The CM said that between April 2000 and June 2018, the state has attracted FDI worth USD 20 billion. He said Gujarat has created the maximum employment in the country in the last 15 years and the claim for providing “unemployment allowance” to youths in the state is a political stand taken by opponents.
Claiming that Gujarat is a hub for the automotive and pharmaceutical industry, Rupani said MSMEs in the state provided more than 1.5 crore jobs to those residing in the state. The CM said that the growth of MSMEs in Gujarat is about 41 per cent, compared to the average national growth of 13 per cent for the last six years. He said Gujarat has more than 23 different policies for attracting investments to various sectors in the state.
“We are trying to maximise employment to local youths. We hope that the private sector provides 80 per cent of jobs to locals,” he said, adding that the government is training the youths in technical and soft skills.
In an interactive session that followed the CM’s speech, businessmen asked him if the state government is looking to help MSMEs who are currently facing liquidity crunch in wake of the falling rupee and the rising crude oil prices. On this, Rupani said that the question should be posed to banks who provide finance, claiming that the duty of the state is to provide requisite infrastructure for the industry.