Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the Uttarakhand Investors Summit in Dehradun said that at the time when he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the first time in 2001, he wanted to turn the state into South Korea.
He said that “I was asked whom I see as my idol for development in Gujarat, I said that I want to make it (Gujarat) like South Korea. The journalist didn’t know anything. Usually, when people are asked this, they say, ‘I want to make it like America or like England.’ But I gave a different answer to him. Later I explained to him that the population of Gujarat and South Korea are similar. I said that I have studied it so precisely that if we move towards that direction then we will not stop.”
He said that the centre is moving ahead in modernising 400 railway stations and construction of 100 new airports and helipads. He added that India is on top as far as food processing is concerned, and appealed to all for increased investment in agriculture.