Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A report by the Planning Commission on Gujarat states that the state's growth may not be as inclusive as Chief Minister Narendra Modi claims.
The report reveals that poorer states, like Odisha, have done better than Gujarat in lifting people existing below the poverty line.
Odisha had a 20 percent reduction in poverty when compared to Modi’s Gujarat's which stood at 8.6 percent in same period. Interestingly, the rate at which poverty is reduced among STs and Muslims is among the lowest in Gujarat.
However, lauding Gujarat’s contribution to the economy, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that the state is one of the biggest contributors to the country’s GDP growth.
“The performance of the state has been good but it needs to pay special attention on social sector”, he said.
According to CARE Ratings, Gujarat contributes over 7% to India’s GDP growth.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi stated that the Planning Commission has approved Rs 59,000 crore plan for Gujarat as compared to Rs 58,500 crore sought.
The Planning Commission office became a fortress ahead of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit to discuss the state plan with Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The Delhi police took over the security of Yojana Bhawan, which houses the Planning Commission, and sealed all entry and exit points. A heavy police force was deployed in and around the premises.
With PTI inputs
First Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 18:04