Haryana power minister Capt Ajay Yadav on Saturday flayed the move of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to hold a public meeting in Rewari, the home of ex-servicemen.
Capt Yadav said in a statement that the people of Haryana in general and of Rewari in particular knew well what all the Haryana government had done for them.
"Tactically speaking, for a rally, Modi should have chosen a state which is way behind Gujarat, not ahead of it. Haryana is miles ahead of Gujarat in most of the key fields, including social welfare schemes, especially for defence personnel and ex-servicemen," he said.
He said the incentives and facilities given by the Gujarat government to the freedom fighters, defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their dependents, stood nowhere when compared with what the Haryana government led by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
He said while the Haryana government gave a monthly pension of Rs. 20,000 each to freedom fighters, Gujarat gave mere Rs. 6,000.
Likewise, while soldiers with Paramvir Chakra or Ashok Chakra in Haryana got award money of `31 lakh, those in Gujarat got `22,500 and `20,000, he said, adding that while a solider with a Mahavir Chakra or Kirti Chakra got `21 lakh in Haryana, he got `15,000 and `12,000 in Gujarat.
Stating that a soldier with a Vir Chakra or Shaurya Chakra got `15 lakh in Haryana, but in Gujarat he was only given `5,000, Capt Yadav said that a soldier with a Sena Medal got `7.5 lakh and one with mention-in-dispatches `5.5 lakh in Haryana, the award money for the same in Gujarat was mere `3,000 and `2,000 respectively.
Likewise, while the annuity money for an awardee in the same order in Haryana was `2.25 lakh, `2 lakh, `1.9 lakh, `1.5 lakh, `1.10 lakh, `70,000, `40,000 and `20,000, respectively, in Gujarat only a soldier with Paramvir Chakra was given `500 per month or `6,000 annually up to 30 years and there was no annuity for any other awardee soldier in Gujarat, he added.