NDA will replicate 'Gujarat model': Ravishankar Prasad

NDA will replicate 'Gujarat model': Ravishankar Prasad

Senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), if voted to power, would strive to replicate the “Gujarat model” at the national level to give an impetus to industries and employment generation.

Speaking at “Idea Exchange Forum” organised for start-up entrepreneurs by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Prasad said the NDA proposed to reduce the number of steps in clearances for starting new ventures and ensure economic growth with equity.

The thrust would be towards micro, small and medium industries that has the potential to generate large number of jobs. In addition, Prasad said the party would strive towards improving the life of the people and infrastructure in urban areas besides focussing on inclusive growth as implemented by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Gujarat.

Modi is keen that the Gujarat model of smart city, hyper connectivity and other facilities be extended to all urban areas in the country. He also has a vision of setting up IITs, IIMs, AIIMS in all states, Prasad said.

Prasad, who is the deputy leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, pointed out that during the end of the six-year NDA rule in 2004 the GDP growth in the country touched a peak of  8.5 per cent. But the Congress-led UPA government had failed miserably on the economic front. “If good governance becomes a casualty, bad economy follows,” he added.

He said there should always be a political response to economic concerns. Any industrial policy should focus on supplies rather than demand. “There was shortage of telephones when the NDA government took charge in 1998. The government took steps to increase the supply. The demand was not only met but the cost of telephones also came down.”

Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Prasad said the party could hold its road shows and dinners. “Finally what matters is good governance for which the BJP has a proven track record.”

BJP National Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi stressed the need for evolving a model to assess the revenue, employment generating and asset creating capacities of start-ups.
An young entrepreneur wanted to know whether the BJP was in favour of financially backing start-ups of women entrepreneurs at least for the first two years.

Replying to him Lekhi said that in Gujarat there were separate industrial zones for woman entrepreneurs. A question whether the BJP would continue with the food security programme went unanswered.

Another entrepreneur said the new land acquisition legislation had made acquisition cost of land for industrial purposes very high.

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