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Rawat blames Congress government for slow economic growth

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday hit out obliquely at the previous Congress government for Uttarakhand’s slow economic growth rate recorded in the last fiscal.

dehradun Updated: Jul 30, 2017 20:14 IST
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Chief Minister TS Rawat and BJP President Ajay Bhatt listening to PM's Man Ki Baat in Dehradun on Sunday.
Chief Minister TS Rawat and BJP President Ajay Bhatt listening to PM's Man Ki Baat in Dehradun on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

DEHRADUN: Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday hit out obliquely at the previous Congress government for Uttarakhand’s slow economic growth rate recorded in the last fiscal.

“The economic growth rate has slowed down because (those who helmed the state) recently paid more attention on their personal interests instead of focusing on its development,” he said, a day after the
Directorate of Economics & Statics (DES) released the data pertaining to the state’s income for the last fiscal.

The DES data show a marginal rise in the per capita income from Rs1,46,826 (2015-16) to Rs 1,60,795 in the
last fiscal 2016-17. Conversely, the data indicate a down slide in economic growth from 7.71% in 2015-16 to 7% in (2016-17).

He said the economic growth would go up as his government was committed to keep the state’s interests above everything else. “We will keep the state’s interests above everything else, which will automatically boost the economic growth.”

Rawat’s statement drew a sharp reaction from the opposition Congress. “Have they got anything to show in terms of development since coming to power four months ago?” asked Surendra Kumar, a Congress leader and the media in-charge of former chief minister Harish Rawat.

Daring the BJP government to identify anything in terms of its achievement, Kumar claimed Uttarakhand had made rapid progress under the Congress. “Not only was the state ahead of the rest of the country in terms of per capita income, it made tremendous progress in both industrial and agricultural sectors under our government,” he Kumar said, adding that the finance minister had admitted this fact in the assembly last month.

“They are now blaming us… That clearly means that this government doesn’t stand by its own budget speech,” he said, adding that the high rating of economic growth and growth in other sectors was projected by several national agencies.

Earlier, Rawat and inmates of orphanage ‘Apna Ghar’ listened to PM Narendra Modi’s radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’. About ‘Mann ki Baat’, Rawat said the radio programme had brought about a revolution. “It reflects from the way the Prime Minister’s radio broadcast programme has changed the course of millions of youths in the country,” he said. “In his latest programme, for instance, he made a fervent appeal to the youth to launch a countrywide movement like the ‘Quit India Movement’ against poverty, unemployment, untouchability and communalism.”

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