Ahmedabad: Launching a veiled attack at
Centre, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that
despite "hurdles" his government was moving ahead with its
comprehensive single-point agenda of development.
Hailing women for their participation in development
of the state, Modi said, "Gujarat is blessed by `Matra
Shakti`, which serves as a shield for fast pace development of
the state, despite all odds".
He was addressing a state-level convention for women.
Targetting the Centre, the chief minister said, "you
have seen that those opposed to Gujarat are creating hurdles
at every steps in development of the state. But I assure you
that Gujarat government is committed to the development of
people of the state".
Modi said that the anganwadi workers despite their
weak economic background were performing a good job of
instilling higher moral values among the children in their
"The government has allocated Rs 400 crore during the
new financial year`s budget to construct 12,000 Nandan Ghars
(playhouses for children in Anganwadis), each provided with a
cooking gas connection, across the state," he said.
Modi also presented Mata Yashoda awards to the tune of
Rs 3.81 crore to 2,254 outstanding anganwadi workers, cash
awards of Rs 61.04 lakh to 1,390 sportswomen, who have
excelled in various national and state level events, and
awards of Rs 1.04 crore to 3,339 meritorious girl students
from the government`s fund for their education under `Kanya
Modi said that over 25 lakh members of 2.50 lakh sakhi
mandals in the state are doing an annual business of Rs 1,600