Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3


[Filed with Secretary of State March 20, 2001]

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3--Relative to a friendship state relationship with Punjab State, India.

WHEREAS, India is one of the world's largest and most vibrant democratic market and is recognized globally as the market of the future; and

WHEREAS, Punjab State's average growth rate of 10 percent is among the highest in India, clearly reflecting the progressive economy of the state. This economy is characterized by agricultural and small-and medium-scale industries, and the highest per capita income in the nation; and

WHEREAS, Punjab State and the State of California share many agricultural similarities. Punjab State was the first to translate agricultural technology in the "Green Revolution," which stressed the introduction of modern farming methods, new seeds and fertilizers, and irrigation. The state records the highest growth rate in food production in India; and

WHEREAS, Punjab State leads in the manufacture of machine and hand tools, printing and paper cutting machinery, and auto parts and electrical switch gear. The state also provides more than 75 percent of the country's requirement for bicycles, sewing machines, hosiery, and sporting goods; and

WHEREAS, Punjab State leads the nation in infrastructure with its developed and extensive network of about 30,000 miles of roadways and an efficient railway system; and

WHEREAS, Much like California, Punjab State values quality education and has four state universities and more than 200 professional, medical, and engineering colleges and technical institutions; and

WHEREAS, A friendship state relationship would promote mutual trade and commerce, and increase the potential for educational, environmental, and cultural relations between Punjab State and the State of California; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California, on behalf of the people of California, extends to the people of the Punjab State, India, an invitation to join with California in a friendship state relationship in order to encourage and facilitate mutually beneficial economic, educational, environmental, and cultural exchanges and to lead to a more indelible and lasting relationship between Californians and the people of the Punjab State, India; and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Consul General of India, the Indo-American Trade and Commerce Council, the Government of Punjab State, India, the Governor of California, and each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.

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