Modi unveils five-year agenda for Gujarat

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Gandhinagar, Jan 7 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, while unveiling his government's five-year agenda for the state, has pledged to make the state ''prosperous, safe and strong''.

''The state government is dedicated to the economic prosperity with human touch and human development. We want to give a new dimension to socio-economic change to ensure all round and all-inclusive development,'' Mr Modi said.

He said his government during the last six years, had been able to fulfill the aspirations of the people and had earned the people's faith.

''Gujarat is the only state in the country which has achieved a high growth rate of 10.7 per cent. We will convert the process of development into people's movement,'' Mr Modi asserted.

He said Gujarat has been rated as the best state in industrial investment and economic freedom. The efforts of his government have resulted into metamorphosis of a revenue-deficit state into a revenue-surplus state.

Quoting figures, the Chief Minister said agriculture production has almost quadrupled from Rs 9000 crore to Rs 34,000 crore, while the state leads in energy production with 1878 MW of power generation.

Mr Modi claimed rural economy was now vibrant owing to uninterrupted three-phase round-the-clock power supply to all 18,000 villages under Jyotigram project. The state has ushered in a water revolution, while the urban sector has been enlivened by upgradation of civic amenities.

Outlining the work done under various schemes launched by his government, Mr Modi said these efforts have provided a strong foundation for development on which the government will build the edifice of Golden Gujarat.

Elaborating the new facets of socio-economic development, he said development packages like ''Vanbandhu Kalyan'', ''Sagarkhedut'', and ''Garib Samrudhi'' schemes were under implementation for development of the deprived sections.

Having successfully provided water and power to the villages, he said the next step was to expand the base of technology upto the smallest village and, thereby, remove the line demarcating rural and urban areas.

Various value addition activities were envisaged for farmers and rural artisans to enable the villages to become hubs for production and value addition, he said.

''We want Gujarat to be at par with the developed world and the pride of India,'' the Chief Minister said.

The focus areas for the next five years would be to channelise youth power in the nation building, ushering education of international standards, removal of poverty, home for every homeless family, healthy and clean Gujarat, doubling the present installed capacity of power generation, women empowerment, achieving 12 per cent growth rate, and providing transparent and corruption-free governance, Mr Modi said.

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