Rajasthan, the largest (area-wise) state in India, is located in the Northwestern part of the subcontinent. It is surrounded on the North and Northeast by the states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, on the East and Southeast by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, and on the Southwest by the state of Gujarat. Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Alwar, Amber and Chittorgarh are some of the key cities and towns in the state.
Rajasthan has well-developed social, physical and industrial infrastructure as well as good virtual connectivity. The state is developing sector-specific infrastructure such as special purpose industrial parks and special economic zones (SEZs) for exports of handicrafts, IT and electronic goods. The state has favourable industrial-relations environment. In addition, the law situation in the state ensures good working environment. It also offers a variety of unexploited agricultural and mineral resources, which is indicative of scope for value addition and exports.
Rajasthan has been investing in capacity building through development of a strong institutional network at all levels. The state has renowned higher educational institutions in various disciplines, producing thousands of skilled and proficient youth every year. The state offers a wide range of fiscal and policy incentives for businesses, through sector-specific policies for tourism, biotechnology, IT and ITeS industries.
At current prices, the gross state domestic product (GSDP) of Rajasthan was about US$ 76.8 billion in 2011-12. The average annual GSDP growth rate, from 2004-05 to 2011-12, was about 15.2 per cent.
Rajasthan's rugged forts, beautiful palaces, picturesque Thar Desert, bird sanctuaries and national parks, lively fairs and festivals, lakes and mountains, fascinating handicrafts and colourful culture make the state an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists.
State Presentation (March 2013)
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