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CM gives Mantra of ‘zero-defect’ for manufacturing sector to shine!

On the morning of Friday 4th January 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural session of Sparkle International 2013, a gems and jewellery exhibition organized by the Government of Gujarat and the South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Surat. In an inspiring speech, Shri Modi said that for the manufacturing sector to shine, we need to follow the Mantra of ‘zero defect’, give importance to packaging and branding. “There should be no corner of the world where people are not drawn towards buying products made here and I can tell you it is possible,” he added.

Shri Modi pointed out that anti-Gujarat elements have created a perception of only a certain kind of industrial growth taking place in Gujarat but categorically stated that it is not true. Referring to the statement by Dr. HP Kumar (Chairman cum Managing Director, National Small Industries Corporation) that small-scale industry growth in the nation is 19-20% whereas Gujarat is seeing 85% growth in the sector, Shri Modi affirmed that this is the Government of India stating this and added that Gujarat has worked towards this. “Skill development, infrastructure, power, social security arrangement- when all these meet, this becomes possible,” the Chief Minister opined.

The Chief Minister recalled that when the world was drowned in the grip of a recession in 2008, officials asked him if Gujarat could go ahead with Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2009. But we did go on to hold the Summit and showed the world that in such times, something new is happening in Gujarat. “We got the results and had we not gone ahead bravely, diamond industry would have died, we would have gone behind. We took decisions and went ahead!” the Chief Minister pointed.

Shri Modi stated that Gujarat is now known for its manufacturing sector, instead of being known only for business and trading earlier and this has added tremendous value. Speaking about the potential in jewellery industry Shri Modi said, “Jewellery itself has a big market in the world. This is going on for years. And we don’t need to tell people the need to wear it, it’s only a question of saying what to wear.”

The Chief Minister said that the jewellery market can grow to Rs. 5500 crore instead of the present Rs. 2700 crore. “If such a big market is waiting for us, why can’t we be aggressive? Why can’t we give it strength?”

He added that both Thailand and Dubai have made a name in jewellery and in both these places among the maximum number of people participating are from Gujarat. “We have the strength, we need to utilize it and make a name for ourselves,” said Shri Modi.

The Chief Minister listed out 3 essential aspects that can make our manufacturing sector shine. “Our manufacturing sector needs to adopt a zero-defect Mantra. None of our products must be rejected. We need to move ahead in this,” he affirmed. The second aspect that Shri Modi gave importance to is packaging. He stated that packaging is as important as the product and we must focus on institutional development in this sector by holding seminars etc. He recalled that many years ago the Government had set up the Hathi Commission, which opined that if we are to give an impetus to Ayurveda, it needs good packaging. Shri Modi shared that this is exactly what China did with natural medicines and with good packaging captured a major part of the world market. The third aspect that Shri Modi gave importance to is Branding. Shri Modi stressed that the product should fit into the mind of the world.

The Chief Minister talked about the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit and stated that 120-125 nations will converge under a single roof during the summit, which is no small feat. He shared his determination to take Sparkle to similar heights.

He also said that this is his first visit to Surat after the Gujarat elections and he thanked the people for their mandate in the 2012 Gujarat Elections. Shri Modi affirmed that Surat and South Gujarat have a major role in the BJP’s victory.

Among those present on the occasion were Minister Shri Nanubhai Vanani, MPs Shri CR Patil & Smt. Darshana Jardosh, Surat mayor, Surat collector Shri JP Shivahare, Industries Commissioner Mr. Kamal Dayani, Shri HP Kumar (CMD National Small Industries Corporation) and the Honorable Consul General of Thailand.

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