Modi’s development claims are filmy dialogues: Congress

Countering Modi's claims of development in Gujarat, Modhwadia said reality is in stark contrast compared to what he's projecting.

Ahmedabad | Published:March 10, 2014 10:02 pm
MODIRAJM Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi meets MNS chief Raj Thackerey.

Opposition Congress on Monday termed as “filmy dialogues” the claims made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on development during his ongoing electoral campaign. Reacting to Modi’s claim that Gujarat surpasses the national average on availability of computers in schools, Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia said the chief minister was lying.

Addressing a rally in Bihar, Modi said that against the national average of 22 per cent schools having computers, Gujarat has 71 per cent schools with computers. Countering this, Modhwadia said reality in Gujarat is in stark contrast compared to what Modi is projecting.

“Modi claimed that 70 per cent of primary students in Gujarat are having access to computers in their schools. But, we learnt that not a single computer teacher is employed by the state government till date to impart computer education,” Modhwadia told a press conference here.

He said far from Modi’s projection that Gujarat is the leader in education, the sector is in shambles in the BJP-ruled state. “Apart from computers provided by Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan scheme of central government, the state government has not added a single computer. Government even passed an order to shut 13,000 schools. 38 per cent of schools do not have drinking water facility. Gujarat ranks 12th in gross enrolment ratio” Modhwadia said.

He alleged the state government has employed school teachers on meagre salaries. “Government pays a meagre salary of Rs 5300 per month to the primary teachers. The drop-out ratio of students has reached 57.9 per cent. As per the latest census of 2011, Gujarat ranked 17th in literacy rate. This shows that Modi is expert in lying, and his claims of development are nothing but filmy dialogues” he said.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during his recent tour of the state had raised similar issues to attack Modi on his development model. “State government spent only 40 per cent of budget given for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan by Centre. Among 42 engineering and polytechnic colleges in the state, only 4 have principals. 67 per cent vacancies of teaching staff and 69 per cent vacancies of administration staff are yet to be filled in these colleges,” Modhwadia said.

He also accused Modi of misleading people about IT-related growth in Gujarat. “In the IT export sector, Gujarat is no where in top 10 states. Even Kerala and Orissa are ahead of us in IT export figures,” the Congress chief said.

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    Ajay Katoch
    Mar 11, 2014 at 6:03 am
    Modi claimed that 70 per cent of primary students in Gujarat are having access to computers in their schools. But,there is not a single computer teacher is emplo by the state government till date. I have always found Modi just claiming for the things which he never did.
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      OMG!! aache
      Mar 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm
      vote for sushma ... she is our next PM ... She is best ...next pm should be female
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        kapil
        Mar 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm
        Gujarat Congress leader terming as “filmy dialogues” the claims made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on development during his ongoing electoral campaign must be seen in right perspective. AAP convener Arvind Kejariwal exposed some myths about Gujarat development model. As Congress and AAP may have seen Gujarat with some bias, it is independent media's moral duty to bring out true position of Gujarat before the nation.
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          Manisha Singh
          Mar 11, 2014 at 11:09 am
          Arvind Kejriwal also gave the same punch on the face of Modi for how much developnment he is done or is doing in the state gujarat all about 42 engineering and polytechnic colleges.Apart from it Modhwadia told 67 per cent of teacher's vacancies are vacent and 69 per cent of adminstration staff in these collages.
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            Prabhu Shankar
            Mar 11, 2014 at 8:55 am
            Modi claimed that 70 per cent of primary students in Gujarat are having access to computers in their schools. But, we learnt that not a single computer teacher is emplo by the state government till date to impart computer education
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              Sanchita Mathur
              Mar 11, 2014 at 8:51 am
              “State government spent only 40 per cent of budget given for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan by Centre. Among 42 engineering and polytechnic colleges in the state, only 4 have prinls. 67 per cent vacancies of teaching staff and 69 per cent vacancies of administration staff are yet to be filled in these colleges,
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                Satish Kumar
                Mar 11, 2014 at 6:57 am
                Apart from computers provided by Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan scheme of central government, the state government has not added a single computer. Government even ped an order to shut 13,000 schools. 38 per cent of schools do not have drinking water facility. Gujarat ranks 12th in gross enrolment ratio”
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                  Yash Pandey
                  Mar 11, 2014 at 5:57 am
                  Modi surely is an incompetent and unreliable politician.On the basis of lies he has successfully betra and misrepresented the local people.
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