Amarinder Singh meets Mukesh Ambani: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Tuesday met Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai and discussed matters pertaining to investments, infrastructure and policy reforms in the state. Their discussion mainly focused around RIL’s interest in Punjab in various sectors like telecom, retail, agriculture, food processing and manufacturing in the state.The two had a one-on-one meeting, followed by delegation level talks, during which RIL made a detailed presentation on Jio telecom service, which it is seeking to expand in Punjab.An official spokesperson said later that the meeting focused on augmenting RIL’s interests in Punjab, under the leadership of Captain Amarinder, who is keen to embark on sweeping transformational reforms to revive the state’s industry and economy.The chief minister told Ambani that his support would go a long way in providing the early impetus needed for this change. While Ambani suggested setting up a dedicated team in Chandigarh to realise Amarinder’s vision of deploying technology to generate employment. Data is the new currency, said the RIL chairman, adding that the new development model needed to be centered on data.Amarinder said his government was keen to become a part of this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and, to this end, was committed to fulfilling its promise of providing a free smart phone to youth in the age group of 18 to 35, together with free talk time/data for one year. Amarinder also expressed the hope that with its vast experience, RIL would be able to support the state in building a bouquet of offerings that can be built around the availability of high-speed data, as the state-of-the-art digital connectivity would open many vistas for providing value added services to Punjab.
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