Saturday, May 21, 2005

Look, who is praising Modi!

IANS[ SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2005 07:44:31 PM ]

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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi must be pleased with the words of praise from the New Delhi-based Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, headed by Congress president Swonia Gandhi.

The influential tank-tank has adjudged Gujarat as the number 1 state in economic freedom.

"Swonia Gandhi's trust ranks Narendrabhai Modi's governance as the best in the country," was the text of an SMS from the chief minister's office (CMO) sent out to the media here.

"It is notable that the Gujarat government's economic reforms have been praised even by a foundation close to the opposition (Congress) party," a CMO official said.

The "Economic Freedom for States of India" report was carried out by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, a think tank associated with the foundation.

After analysing economic freedom in the states, the study ranked Gujarat at the top.

The study defined "economic freedom" as "absence of government coercion or constraint in production, distribution or consumption of goods and services beyond the extent necessary for citizens to protect and maintain liberty by itself".

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