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Gujarat a 'good state' to invest: Godrej



Terming Gujarat as a 'good state' to invest, Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej today said the salt-to-soap conglomerate has lot of investments in the state and it will continue to do so in the coming days.

"We have several projects in Gujarat, we have large ownships. It's a green township. We have also several industrial projects in the state. We will continue to invest. It's a good state to invest (in)," Godrej said on the sidelines of the sixth edition of 'Vibrant Gujarat'.

Praising the efforts made by Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring overall development of the state, he said Gujarat is a "very development-oriented state" and the lives of people in the state have also improved.

"In almost every sector, Gujarat has made progress. What is very impressive is agricultural growth is also very strong. It grew by 9.5 per cent," he said, adding that being a power surplus state, Gujarat enjoys an unique advantage. "My own group's experience has also been excellent," Mr Godrej said.

Talking about his expectations from the ensuing Union Budget for 2013-14, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) chief said the country needs growth badly and anything that encourages growth is welcome.

"What is very important is that this will be a growth-oriented budget. The country needs growth badly.

Anything that encourages growth is welcome. Anything that affects the perception of the economy is not welcome," he said.

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