Vadodara: Gujarat is attracting investments from several countries and this will help in creating a large number of jobs for the youth of the state, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

"Gujarat is becoming a centre of attraction for many countries, including China, Japan, Singapore and Canada. They are taking interest in setting up their plants and make huge investments in the state which will result in creation of a large number of job opportunities for the youth," he said.

"Chinese companies top the list of those making investments in the state," Modi said addressing a well- attended public meeting organised at the end of his day-long `Sadbhavna' (amity) fast here this evening.

During his speech, Modi referred about a meeting with a delegation of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries during its visit here last week. The delegation was here to take part in an exhibition.

The Pakistani delegation was "impressed" by the `Gujarat model' of development and the state's transparent and progressive industrial policies, Modi maintained.

The Chief Minister rejected the criticism that he was promoting industries at the cost of agriculture.

"There is an increase of 18 lakh hectares of cultivable land in agriculture in Gujarat. If the policy was only towards industrial development, the increase in agriculture cultivable land would not have taken place."

Besides Gujarat is the only state in the country registering double digit growth in agriculture for past six years, he pointed out.

He called upon other states in the country to follow `Gujarat model' of development and make India a powerful nation.

(Agencies)