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Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the awards ceremony, in New Delhi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the awards ceremony, in New Delhi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
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‘Every state works with its own challenges, own circumstances’

Leaders of the various states on winning the competitive states awards

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Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit. Photographs by Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Our philosophy has been (that) when you see things happening and when you feel things happening, that is the success of any government. I want to say humbly that we managed to achieve that to some extent because our social sector expenditure is the best in the whole country. We spend 75% of our budget on the social sector.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

I come from the state which was once called (a part of) Bimaru*. I am happy to tell you that for seven successive years, Madhya Pradesh is growing at double-digit rate. In every sector such as in infrastructure, power, agriculture and attracting investment to the state, we have taken many initiatives. We have also focussed on skill development because we want to make our human resources our strength, not our weakness. (*Bimaru is a term coined in the 1980s by economist Ashish Bose to collectively describe the backward state of the economies of Bihar, Madha Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.)

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Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

There cannot be any competition among states because every state works with its own challenges, own circumstances. There are four parameters for any country or state (based on which development is measured)—per capita investment, per capita expenditure, per capita income and mobilisation of resources. I am happy my state Haryana is No. 1 in all these four parameters.

Geeta Reddy, home minister, Andhra Pradesh

We have always considered ourselves as the most industry-friendly state and we have the best industry-friendly policies today. We do have world-class infrastructure including roads, ports and international airports. We are also taking care of the unemployed, making sure that the industry ties up with the unemployed youth. Apart from that, we are the bulk drug capital of our country, pioneers of the single-window clearance system and we’re doing very well in our food processing sector. These are some areas that people can look forward to investing in further.

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Maharashtra minister for forest rehabilitation and relief work Patang Rao Kadam

Maharashtra has promoted industrialization by providing worldclass infrastructure. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corp. provides land and water to globally competitive IT (information technology) companies and chemical industries. Maharashtra has promoted worldclass cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad.

Laxmikant Parsekar, health minister, Goa

Goa is a small state and small is always beautiful. Our island-like state has a population of just 15 lakh, but this population is evenly distributed across the state. None of the cities, towns or villages is overcrowded. We have good connectivity of highways, water and of course we have an international domestic airport. We have 87% literacy in the state.

Sunil Barthwal, resident commissioner, Bihar

There was a time in Bihar when people complained that nothing was happening in the state, but today things are moving very fast. I am happy to note that Bihar is contributing a lot to the overall growth of the nation.

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