Uddhav Thackeray Meets Industry Leaders, Discusses Growth Roadmap
More than a month after taking charge, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday met prominent business leaders to discuss a roadmap for making the state industrially and economically vibrant, and asserted not a single unit will have to move out.
He met eminent industry captains like Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Adi Godrej, Sajjan Jindal, Uday Kotak, Deepak Parekh, Gautam Singhania and Baba Kalyani, among others, and interacted with them in Mumbai.
Thackeray said his government, a coalition of three parties, will not allow a single industrial unit to shift out of the state and assured to create conducive environment for their growth.
"My government is willing to discuss with you if there is a need to improve and upgrade the current concessions in the industrial sector. But, employment generation has to be the responsibility of all of us," Thackeray said at the event organised in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry.
This was Thackeray's first interaction with India Inc after taking charge on November 28 as head of the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress government.
He said business houses share generations-old relationship with Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra, which has the biggest economy among states.
"The relationship (with corporate leaders) is personal," said Thackeray, who last month announced a mega loan waiver for farmers.
The Chief Minister's discussion with business tycoons revolved around the government's role in facilitating economic growth and measures to be taken to give impetus to industrial development in the state.
An official said the interaction was meant to suggest a roadmap towards building a progressive and globally- competitive Maharashtra.
Maharashtra occupies top position in the country in terms of its economy. The western state, home to the financial capital, is among the largest contributors to India's GDP with a strong presence in almost all economic sectors.
Maharashtra has set a target to become a trillion-dollar economy by 2025 and contribute about one-fifth to the national economy.
The size of the state's economy is a little over $400 billion currently.