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State will develop `gold coast of India', says Deshpande



The Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries, R.V. Deshpande, inaugurating the Rotary District 3180 conference at Panambur on Saturday. The District Rotary Governor, Suryaprakash Bhat, and others look on.

MANGALORE, JAN. 10. The Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries, R.V. Deshpande, said today that the Government was making efforts to turn the coastal belt of the State into the "gold coast of India'' by attracting large investments.

He was inaugurating the 34th district conference of Rotary International District 3180, which comprises nine revenue districts, here.

Mr. Deshpande said investment brought prosperity, and no State or country could develop without investments. The Government was taking steps to ensure that resources in the coastal belt were utilised to improve the economy. But, large investments were needed. However, there should be a balance between development projects and conservation of ecology, and projects should not be implemented at the cost of the environment. A venture that posed a threat to environment should not be taken up, he added. The Minister appealed to the corporate sector to join hands with Rotarians in the latter's social service activities. The Rotary could involve itself in the implementation of the Government's midday meal scheme and Stree Shakti programme. The meal scheme had enough scope for the involvement of voluntary organisations and would help bring down the dropout rate. If the Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations extended cooperation, the scheme could be implemented more effectively, he added.

He said that the Government was emphasising the empowerment of women through the Stree Shakti programme. Voluntary organisations could guide Stree Shakti groups to help them achieve self-reliance.

Mr. Deshpande termed Rotarians as "ambassadors sent by god to serve mankind''. He said there was misconception in some sections of society that the Rotary Club was involved only in leisure activities. That was not true. It was serving society, he added. The minister said poverty, illiteracy, atrocities on women, and lack of shelter for the poor were not problems that existed only in India. The Rotary Club should rise to the expectations of the people by extending timely help to the unemployed, sick, and poor people.

He said "quality, competition, and consumer satisfaction'' were important in today's world, and the cream of society should complement the efforts of the Government to improve the economy. The Governor of Rotary International District 3180, Surya Prakash Bhat, and the Rotary International President's Representative, Raviprakash Langer, spoke. The conference chairman, R. L. Kamath, welcomed the gathering.

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