Narendra Modi distributes Rs 13-cr to poor in Bharuch
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 03, 2010, 18:13
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi distributed Rs 13.88 crore among beneficiaries of various schemes in Bharuch district during "Garib Kalyan Mela", a poor welfare scheme to mark Modi's 3000 days in power.

The state government has plans to organise 50 Garib Kalyan Mela in 26 districts of the state in which beneficiaries of the various schemes of the government will be handed over cheques, title deeds and entitlement certificates to avail the benefits of the welfare programmes.

So far, such melas have been held in Amreli, Gondal in Rajkot district, Dediapada in Narmada district and Bharuch.

"Modi distributed certificates, title deeds and cheques worth Rs 13.88 crore to over 29000 beneficiaries of Bharuch district in Garib Kalyan Mela held yesterday," said a government release issued by the state information department.

"This is an attempt by the Chief Minister to directly reach out to the poor people and give them their rights to avail the benefits of the welfare schemes and programmes," a senior official, who is involved in coordination said.

Beneficiaries of Indira Awas Yojna, scholarships to the students, Sardar Awas Yojna and other welfare programmes can benefit from the scheme, he said.

However, the opposition party has described Modi's programme as another "drama being enacted by the Chief Minister."

"So far, he has neglected poor sections of the society and tried to please industrialists. But now, he has realised that he cannot afford to neglect poor," said state Congress general secretary Nishith Vyas.

He claimed that more than 75 per cent of the funds he distributes in such melas are under the flagship programmes of the UPA government.

"He (Modi) is giving benefits to the beneficiaries under the various welfare schemes of the Central government and trying to take credit for himself," he said.


First Published: Sunday, January 03, 2010, 18:13

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