Modi criticises opponents of `Garib Kalyan Mela`

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today came down heavily on those criticising `Garib Kalyan Mela` being organised by the state government across the state.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 00:22 AM IST

Vadodara: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi today came down heavily on those criticising `Garib
Kalyan Mela` being organised by the state government across
the state.

Without naming the Congress party or any other entity,
Modi said some people were throwing hurdles before this noble
work but they would not succeed as the mela has received
support from lakhs of poor people.

Assistance worth Rs 11.25 cr were distributed to 6,302
poor beneficiaries under various welfare schemes at the Garib
Kalyan Mela held at Kathalal, about 70 km from here, today.

"Everyone talks about poor and poverty but nobody has come
out with such a well-thought out movement," Modi said.

Yesterday, state Education Minister Ramanlal Vora had
demanded the Centre to modify criteria to select Below Poverty
Line (BPL) families.

A large number of BPL families of the state are deprived
of benefits available to them because of the current norms, he
had said at a Garib Kalyan Mela here.

PTI