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‘Facts about Gujarat model misleading’

HT Correspondent  Dehradun, April 01, 2014
First Published: 23:07 IST(1/4/2014) | Last Updated: 23:09 IST(1/4/2014)

Congress members should tell voters that facts publicised about the Gujarat development model were misleading. Congress national spokesperson Amee Yagnik gave this suggestion to party leaders and workers at a three-day meeting which began here on Tuesday.

Yagnik gave tips to the PCC spokesperson and party’s district unit heads on how to counter the Narendra Modi wave said to the sweeping the country. She presented facts in support of the argument that no section of society was happy under the BJP’s autocratic regime in Gujarat.

Yagnik asked Congress leaders to inform the people that the farming community in the state was in a sorry state. More than one lakh farmers were yet to get electricity connections in the state and cases were not registered against criminals enjoying political patronage, she said.

“Narendra Modi gives misleading facts in his speeches. He is not ready for a debate and makes statements without giving an opportunity to be questioned by anyone,” said Yagnik.

Others who spoke on the first day of the conclave included state finance minister Indira Hridayesh. She focused on public schemes started by the state government and how to ensure their implementation. Speaking at the meeting, former party legislator Quazi Nizamuddin deliberated on the welfare of minority communities. “Yagnik then informed party leaders how to prepare press releases mentioning the good work of the central and state governments,” said Shilpi Arora, PCC spokesperson.


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‘Central aid to state rose in past 3 yrs, but growth slow’

The annual assistance from the Centre to the state has increased in last few financial years, according to official statistics, even though the Uttarakhand government has been firing salvos at the central government over it.
 
Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
 
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
 
The figures for Uttarakhand GSDP growth at constant (2004-5) price (as on 01-08-2014) was 9.36% in 2011-12. It was 5.61% in 2012-13 and 5.65% in 2013-2014.
 
Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
 
The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee meeting held in February this year.
A Planning Commission note claimed that IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the committee. The report has also been forwarded to states for further inputs.

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