Washington: Identifying Gujarat as perhaps the best example of effective governance and impressive development in India, a Congressional report has showered praise on chief minister Narendra Modi, saying the state under him has become a key driver of national economic growth.
Gujarat’s example is followed by that of Bihar and its chief minister Nitish Kumar, whose governance and administrative skills were also lauded in the latest report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on India.
“Perhaps India’s best example of effective governance and impressive development is found in Gujarat, where controversial chief minister Narendra Modi has streamlined economic processes, removing red tape and curtailing corruption in ways that have made the state a key driver of national economic growth,” said the report.
An independent and bipartisan wing of the Congress, CRS prepares periodic reports on issues of interest to lawmakers.
The 94-page report was released by the CRS for US lawmakers on 1 September, a copy of which made public by the Federation of American Scientists.
“Seeking to overcome the taint of his alleged complicity in 2002 riots, Modi has overseen heavy investment in modern roads and power infrastructure, and annual growth of more than 11% in recent years,” the CRS said.
Gujarat, the CRS said, has attracted major international investors such as General Motors and Mitsubishi and with only five per cent of the country’s population, the state now accounts for more than one-fifth of India’s exports, it said.
After Gujarat, the report mentions Bihar as a model of good governance and says such examples may have inspired Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati to turn her focus on infrastructure and energy development in her state.