Families in Guj find it difficult to fit into BPL norms: Patel
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 20:31
Ahmedabad: At a time when Gujarat ranks sixth in Human Development Index report, State Industry Minister Saurabh Patel said families from Gujarat find it difficult to fit into norms for Below Poverty Line (BPL) defined by the Centre.

"When Centre makes norms for BPL families it is very difficult for the family from Gujarat to fit in because one of the basic norm for a BPL family is that he should not have a fan," State Industry Minister Saurabh Patel said.

He was addressing a gathering at an event organised to mark opening of sub-regional office of EEPC India, here.

"To increase the yield of milk, people in Gujarat have fans in cattle sheds because they see fan produces coolness that increases milk production," Patel said.

"You go to a village and you will find every house has a TV. We dont have to give sops of free TVs, it is natural because the growth in economy has led to buying," he said.

"In a small village the person is buying 2,3 and 4 wheelers and the quantum of vehicles in the state has increase more in the rural sector than in the urban sector, this is inclusive growth," Patel said.

However, figures of first Human Development Report of Gujarat titled-Gujarat Human Development Report-2004-shows that state lacks in all round development.

It said the state has to further re-orient its development process to ensure that its economic growth improves the opportunities in the lives of all socio-economic groups in the state.

The report also recommends to strengthen the linkage between economic growth and human development. Gujarat ranked 6th in HDI in 2001.


First Published: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 20:31

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