Public interest should be kept in mind while structuring a public private partnership (PPP) model, says Chhat-tisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. According to him, projects based on PPP model should play a vital role in fighting challenges of development by striking a balance between interests of public and private.
Speaking at the inaugural function of a three-day training programme on project management and PPP held at IIM Ahmedabad for senior officials of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh said that the training should help officials in creating a PPP model best suited for Chhattisgarh. State Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, IIM professor Sebastian Morris, Ajay Pandey and other participating officials were present at the function.
Raman Singh said that Chhattisgarh has ample reso-urces but progress in the basic areas such as health, infrastructure and education was below national average. The state government could not solely depend on government’s budget. There is a need to invite private industries and industrialists to participate in the process of development. He said a private firm or an investor would invest in government projects only if there is faith in the government policies, resources and project and the assurance of getting benefit.
The chief minister said that success of PPP-based projects depends on the benefit it gives to the private firm /state. The training would be helpful for Chhattisgarh as those attending it were mostly youths and they would help in framing and shaping the development projects of Chhattisgarh in future, he added. He maintained that Chhattisgarh wants to work in PPP model in the fields of infrastructure, health, railways, education and irrigation and this training would help the officials in making new ways of development.
Mentioning the Raoghat rail project, the chief mini-ster said that a rail project in any backward area accelerates development process by 18 per cent. The Raoghat project would ensure development of Bastar region and PPP model in future would also ensure development of six backward districts of Sarguja. Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, on the occasion said, it was the duty of administrative officials to ensure that resources available in the state were best used to for  development of backward regions of the state.
He said that the Chhattisgarh’s budget has increased  from 3 thousand crore to 70 thousand crore after the formation of the state, but challenges have also increased accordingly. With the help of PPP model, the officials need to ensure that tribal-dominated regions get best quality education and health facilities, he added.
Addressing the gathering, Principal Secretary to CM Aman Kumar Singh said that PPP was not a new concept and it had been used in BC also. Suez Canal built in 1853 is an excellent example of PPP model. 10 per cent of GDP should be invested in infrastructure development to ensure development of Chhattisgarh and the country, he added.
He said, development could not depend solely on government budgets. There would be a need for private partnership where the interests of public and private firms were equally ensured, he added.  35 senior officials participated in the programme, in which management guru Sabestian Moriss, Ajay Pandey, G Raghuram and Gautam Dutta discussed various issues.

*Bureau Report Mitaan Express