Press Trust of India
Posted online: Friday, December 29, 2006 at 1927 hours IST
Rajkot, December 29: Chief Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Centre's anti-Gujarat policies and said the UPA government disliked his state's progress.
"The Congress-led UPA government dislikes the state's progress and is making every possible attempt to create hurdles for development," Modi told a gathering at the Race Course ground.
The state government has demanded 2.75 lakh metric tones of fertiliser for the state's farmers for their winter crops in September, but only 30 per cent of the demand was met. The season is coming to an end in a next few days, he said, criticising the Centre's attitude.
Modi claimed the state's agriculture income was Rs 9,000 crore in the past but touched Rs 34,000 crore after the Jyotigram Scheme, under which villages get electricity round-the-clock, was implemented.
The state faced a power crisis after the Central government diverted 200 MW of power from Gujarat's quota to other states, Modi alleged.
Modi felicitated sarpanches of Saurashtra and Kutch region who were elected under the state government's 'Samras' scheme.
According to officials, 1,477 Gram Panchayats in 28 villages in the region accepted the scheme and elected village heads unanimously, and 41 per cent of them were women.
Modi's new year gift for rural sector
New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a new year's gift for the underprivileged girls of the state.
All gifts received by the Chief Minister through the year have been deposited with the state treasury and will be auctioned soon. The money collected from the auction will be used for education of these girls.
Modi also announced the setting up of an unique Gram Sachivalaya, a local set-up which will address issues at the village level, in the state. He claimed that Gujarat was the first state to set up such a body.
The Chief Minister also said that five Gram Mitras (village friends) will also be appointed to assist the sarpanches in problems like education, health, drinking water and others.