Ahmedabad: Apex industry body Assocham has proposed a 15-point growth agenda to the political parties for inclusion in their election manifestos for the ensuing Gujarat Assembly elections. The body’s suggestions aim to create consensus on certain significant economic issues to achieve double digit growth in the next decade.
The chamber has earmarked issues of utmost significance under the headings – agriculture, economics, industry, infrastructure, international trade, politics and services. But Assocham emphasises that parties should create consensus on General Sales Tax (GST).
The paper suggest political parties to include infrastructure development, public private partnership (PPP), cluster-based development approach, agriculture, food processing, power, automobiles, textiles, transport, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, information technology, real estate, special economic zones (SEZs), export promotion zones (EPZs), civil aviation, education, telecommunication, tourism and international trade in their election manifesto.
The paper titled ‘ASSOCHAM Suggestions for Election Manifesto of Political Parties in Gujarat,’ was jointly released by Bhagyesh Soneji, chairperson, Gujarat Council of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Jay Ruparel, co-chairperson Gujarat Council and national secretary general, DS Rawat.
“MSME sector is a priority area as it requires low investment, lower technical skills and generates more employment and provides purchasing power in the hands of people at lower strata and has the potential to lift the GSDP level effectively,” said Rawat.