Nabard needs to look at Gujarat differently: Modi

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Ahmedabad, Sep 12 (UNI) Nabard should not use the same yardstick of the Centre for fixing prosperity indices in Gujarat and treat the state as a special case, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said here today.

Speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Nabard, Mr Modi said the 25 years journey of Nabard since its inception on July 12, 1982, has been a successful one. Yet it now faces new challenges. As far as Gujarat is concerned, the state is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2010 and I want Nabard to fix a golden goal in this year for 2010. If it does, we will remember it in 2010 as part of our celebrations, he said.

The yardstick for measuring poverty is not the same to all places. The Centre says that a family having a TV set is not poor.

But in Gujarat, many poor people have TV set, he said amid thunderous applause.

Therefore, Nabard needs to think about the rural life in totality. Please do not apply the parameters that would not suit Gujarat, he said, adding, it needs to devise a ''gramin model'' with special reference to the state.

Mr Modi regretted farmers in the state use an assembled motors for their tubewells. After six or eight months, the motor gets burnt out. And going for another motor expenses become doubled.

''I want to see farmers using a certified (ISO) motor. This will save lots of energy and enhance carbon credit. Can Nabard do something in this direction and set a model?'' Mr Modi queried.

In future, water supply will be a major problem. Let this crisis not come to Gujarat. New awareness on the utility of water has to be created. My mantra is ''per drop, more crop.'' This mantra will be exclusive to Gujarat. I want to do it. I want to see the day when every drop is utilised in each inch of cultivable land in the state through drip irrigation, the Chief Minister said.

''I want small motors to be used by farmers that lifts water from the canal to enable the water to be used through the drip irrigation facility. This will double the farmers' achievement in all respects.

Do not give a model that works in bits and pieces. A holistic approach is needed,'' he said.


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