Had wanted to make Gujarat like South Korea when I was CM: Modi

New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 08, 2018, 10.00 AM(IST)

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Modi made his comment at the Uttarakhand Investors' Summit held in Dehradun on Sunday. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he had wanted to make Gujarat like South Korea when he was chief minister of the state. 

Modi made his comment at the Uttarakhand Investors' Summit held in Dehradun on Sunday. 

"Our states have more power than many countries in the world. Compared to many small countries, our states have more potential. I still remember when I became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the first time on October 7, 2001, I didn't know what the government is, as I lacked experience. I was completely new. So, one journalist came to me and asked such questions so that I give answers which will not allow my journey (as Chief Minister of Gujarat) to take off," ANI quoted Modi as saying at the summit. 

"I was asked who I see as my idol for development in Gujarat. Usually, when people are asked this, they say, 'I want to make it like America or like England.' But I gave a different answer," Modi added. 

"I was asked who I see as my idol for development in Gujarat. 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. I said that I want to make it (Gujarat) like South Korea. The journalist didn't know anything. 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," Modi said. 

At the summit, Modi added that the government was modernising 400 railway stations and building a 100 new airports and helipads. 

Finally, he added that his government had improved the country's tax system. 

"We have improved the tax system in the country. We are trying to make the tax system more swift and transparent. Doing business has become easier due to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The banking system has also got strengthened. Potential, policy and performance, these are the sources of progress," ANI quoted Modi as saying. 

(With inputs from ANI)