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Gujarat's growth story: Montek vs Modi

June 19, 2013 08:33 IST

Image: A BJP supporter wears a mask of Gujarat's Chief Minister Modi at a rally in Balasinor.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

After securing an approval for a plan size of Rs 59,000 crore (Rs 590 billion) for this fiscal, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on sparred with the Centre over social sector development in the state as he countered Planning Commission's assessment that lot more needs to be done.

On his first trip to the national capital after being made BJP's election campaign head, Modi got the nod for Rs 59,000 crore Plan expenditure, 15.7 per cent more than the outlay for 2012-13. The state was keen on a plan size of Rs 61,000 crore (Rs 610 billion) for 2013-14.

Gujarat's growth story: Montek vs Modi

Image: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
Photographs: Reuters

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters in presence of Modi that Gujarat needs to do more in social sectors.

"(There was)…a lot of discussion on the social sector. I think generally it has been our view that Gujarat needs, in order to bring its social sector performance upto the economic

size, to have some special attention to this area," he remarked after the plan meeting with Modi.

When his turn came, the Gujarat Chief Minister retorted back saying the state spends 42 per cent of its budget on social sector with a moto of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas."

Gujarat's growth story: Montek vs Modi

Image: Employees work inside a linen cloth weaving unit at Palsana village, on the outskirts of Surat, in Gujarat
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

"The funds would help upliftment of all sections of the society including scheduled caste, down trodden, exploited and tribal. We want to have all the sections of the society to get the benefits of growth," he said.

The Chief Minister cited Gujarat's growth story to counter Ahluwalia. "Gujarat has played a crucial and big role in development of India. In terms of contribution and in terms of GDP, we are among the highest contributers," he added.

Gujarat's growth story: Montek vs Modi

Image: A worker pushes a trolley inside a nylon yarn manufacturing factory at Palsana village on the outskirts of Surat, in Gujarat.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters.

Ahluwalia stated that Gujarat needs special attention towards its social sector performance so that it can commensurate with state's size of economy.

"Gujarat is one of our better performing states. In terms of economic growth we have noted that the performance has been good in Gujarat," he added.


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