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Southern states way ahead in health, other sectors

India’s G20 Sherpa and former Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said southern states will play a central role in India’s ambition to become a $5 trillion economy. He was speaking at the India Today Conclave South 2023 during a session on the role of southern states in ‘Make in India’.

He said southern states are way ahead in terms of GDP growth and per capita income, adding that they have achieved outstanding results in areas such as health, education, and nutrition. “This really shows the work done over several years. Despite changes in government, the consistency of policy on social development has really yielded results in these states,” Kant added.

Kant went on to say that Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will become $1 trillion economies in the next two years, highlighting that southern states will play an integral role in India’s ambition to become a $5 trillion economy.

“Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will be $1 trillion economies in another two years. So, India’s ambition to be a $5 trillion economy and then a $10 trillion economy — a lot of that will have to be driven by the southern states,” Kant said. “They will have to be the key drivers at the forefront to really drive India’s growth.” India Today

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