Congress disputes Modi's claim of development

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New Delhi, Dec 8 (UNI) With just a few days left for the first phase of Gujarat poll, the Congress today alleged that Gujarat under Chief Minister Narendra Modi had experienced "abysmal" economic growth on several parametres during the past several years.

"It is easy to boast. It is easy to mislead, if one runs away from facts and figures. It is easy to make tall claims, if facts are conveniently avoided," AICC spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told the reporters.

He asked why Mr Modi had created a special district for tribals just on the eve of the state elections, though he had not tried to get more funds for tribal development when the BJP-led government was in power at the Centre.

In this context, he said the NDA released Rs 453 crore during 2002-04, whereas the UPA released Rs 962.5 crore during 2005-07 for tribal development.

Disputing the claim of massive inflow of FDI under Mr Modi's regime, Dr Singhvi said Gujarat could manage only Rs 13,289 crore during 1997-2005, whereas Maharashtra attracted Rs 35,757 crore during this period.

Gujarat has performed poorly in terms of electricity generation, logging only 18.69 per cent growth rate against the national average of 43.75 per cent.

Dr Singhvi alleged that Central funds, released for Sarva Shiksha Abiyan, were diverted to other schemes such as Gujarat State Disaster Management.

Portraying a dismal picture of the education sector under Mr Modi, he said there was not even a single teacher in 289 schools.

More than 3.6 million children dropped out of schools between 2001-05.

He said though the Centre had released 119.26 crores for the implementation of the National Rural Employement Guaratee Act (NREGA) in six select districts, the Modi government had not utilised more than 50 per cent.

UNI

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