Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora
Ahmedabad: A day after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) lambasted the working of the Integrated Child Development Scheme in Gujarat, the opponents of Narendra Modi on Saturday got a chance to raise questions over the development mantra chanted by the Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate.
The CAG report, which was tabled in the state Assembly On Friday, said: "Though there were 223.16 lakh eligible beneficiaries under Supplementary Nutrition (SN) programme under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), 63.37 lakh beneficiaries were left out."
The CAG said that every third child in Gujarat is underweight.
Taunting Modi, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said: "You can`t even manage Gujarat and are dreaming of running the nation."
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi described Gujarat human development index as poor. The condition of women and children is bad, added Joshi.
Commenting on the report, Communist Party of India`s (CPI) senior leader and MP Gurudas Dasgupta asked that if Modi can`t take care of malnutrition in his state, how will he solve poverty issues in the country if he becomes the PM?
The CAG has exposed many hidden truths and the Gujarat malnutrition report is one of them. It again proves all is not well there, added Dasgupta.
Senior JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari, in the meantime, said the fact that most malnourished children in Gujarat are in commercial city of Ahmedabad is more surprising.
The report added: "Against the requirements of 75,480 Angan Wadi Centres (AWCs), 52,137 AWCs (69 percent) were sanctioned and 50,225 AWCs were in operation in the state, thereby, a population of 1.87 crore was deprived of the benefits of ICDS."