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$100 bn up for grabs: PM to states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said $ 100 billion worth of foreign investments is knocking at the doors of India and it is up to the states to lap up as much as they can.

Describing his ‘Make In India’ initiative a ‘win-win’ proposition, Modi said the foreign investors should not treat India merely as a market, but should focus on turning it to a manufacturing hub with a view to increase the purchasing power of Indians.

“$ 100 billion investments from Japan, China and America have applied for visa. Now it is turn of the states to capitalise on the opportunity. The roads are wide open. The states which are ready can walk away with major share,” he said while inaugurating the Global Investors’ Summit here.

The meeting is being attended by industry bigwigs including RIL chief Mukesh Ambani, ADAG’s Anil Ambani, Adani Group head Gautam Adani and Tata Group chief Cyrus Mistry.

In the last couple of months, the Prime Minister has visited Japan and the US and launched the Make in India campaign to lure foreign investments into manufacturing sector.

“When we talk about Make in India, then we want to create confidence in the world that there is a huge investment possibility in India. Please do not consider India only as a market…. Dump goods, sell them and make profits.

“I tell the World, do not confine yourself to this. If India does not prosper, then its purchasing power will not increase. If India’s purchasing power do not increase, then the dream to see India as a market will remain a distant dream,” Modi said.

The focus of the government, he said, is to generate employment by encouraging agriculture, manufacturing and services sector.

The Prime Minister said states should rise above narrow political considerations on development agenda and Centre will extend all possible assistance to them.

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