October 13, 2014 9:29:20 am
Gatisheel Gujarat — the slogan coined by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, taking off from the earlier Aapdu Gujarat, Aagvu Gujarat, (Our Gujarat, Progressive Gujarat), slogan during her predecessor Narendra Modi’s tenure, has turned out to be a performance appraisal of the government made public.
The first such appraisal done under Gatisheel Gujarat at the end of the first 100 days of the Anandiben government ended on October 2, where the government claimed to have achieved 139 per cent of target figures, and declared the second phase’s deadline as March 31, 2015.
However, ministers in the government say, the Gatisheel performance appraisal is cumulative of all schemes outlined in the current and previous budgets by both the centre and the state governments.
Now, with BJP governments in both the Centre and Gujarat, the exercise ends up highlighting the cumulative performances of both governments.
There is hardly any scheme or programme that was not either covered in the financial year 2014-2015 or not an ongoing one from a previous budget.
In the first phase announced for 100 days, on June 2, a total of 48 schemes were announced under 11 heads.
The second phase, announced on October 8 for 150 days, now has 14 heads and 111 schemes.
Many of the schemes are repeated with only their reach being widened.
In some cases, the target set in the budget has been bifurcated in to two phases as a part of Gatisheel Gujarat. For example, in the budget the government had announced to take Dudh Sanjivani Yojana of providing milk twice every week to anganwadi children in 24 talukas.
In Gatisheel Gujarat -I, it was announced to cover 14 talukas and in the second phase, it announced to expand the reach to total 26 talukas.
Similarly Gatisheel -1 set a target of implementation of e-learning in 500 smart schools, but covered 600 schools.
Similarly, in the budget it had allotted Rs 1,062 crore for providing 1 lakh new agriculture power connections.
Gatisheel Gujarat-II also talks about providing 1 lakh new agriculture power connections by 31 March, 2015.
This will be nothing more than achieving the target set in the budget for the current financial year.
Health Minister and government spokesperson Nitin Patel said, “There are few sectors where our achievement is less than 100 per cent. And, there are many others where it is more than 100 per cent. But overall achievement for the first phase is 139 per cent”.
He adds that there were some schemes which were not part of the budget, like providing Jan Dhan cards to 50 lakh beneficiaries.
About the electricity connections, Energy and Finance Minister Saurabh Patel said, “Providing electricity connections is a continuous process.’’ Saurabh Patel also added that there were many projects which were continuous and cannot be completely measured quantitatively.
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