Taking forward PIC’s commitment to the theme of ‘Reinventing India’ which had been its underlying spirit all along, PIC invited Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharshtra, Shri Prithviraj Chavan to launch first of a special series of lectures ‘Reinventing India: Perspectives from the States’. The series is aimed at bringing together Chief Ministers from various States over the next year to share their perspectives on ‘Reinventing India’.

In his address, Shri Chavan highlighted his concern about the likelihood of a fractured outcome in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections . He also outlined five priority areas of high growth for Maharashtra: Making rain-fed agricultural regions more sustainable, transition to a drought proof state, creating a uniform industrial development of the whole state, urbanisation and lastly, improving the quality of education.

Emphasizing the need for sustainable urbanisation, Shri Chavan said, ‘’Our new industrial policy or new township policy is in the final phases of design, it will make sure that we create industrial townships, or new townships which are sustainable in the sense that we have work areas and the residential areas next to each other. So, the concept of walking to work is realised.’’

Addressing a keen audience of PIC members, bureaucrats, media and students, he expressed his concerns frankly about the state of education: ‘‘While quantitatively we might have done well with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, I nonetheless have grave concerns about the quality of primary, secondary and higher education’’.

Shri Chavan congratulated PIC for its meaningful work in the field of policy making. ‘What you are doing here in PIC,” he said, “is establishing a unique Think Tank that only Pune can create. The Think Tank will not only show a new way of doing things, it will help the Government to ideate and come up with deep policies or tell us what has gone wrong. I assure you we will work very closely together.’

Dr. Dileep Padgaonkar outlined the Centre’s plans of producing policy papers on issues that concern
citizens, presenting them to political parties and leaders, and requesting that these be made a part of their manifestos for the forthcoming elections.