The Gujarat government on Wednesday claimed that it had achieved 139 per cent of the target set by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel under the ‘Gatisheel Gujarat’ drive during her first 100 days in power. Riding high on this achievement, the Patel government announced the second phase of this flagship programme for next 150 days, by March 31, 2015.
The first phase of 100-day drive was launched on June 2, at the end of first 30 days in power by state’s first woman chief minister Patel. The government claimed to have achieved 139 per cent success by completing 48 developmental projects under 11 major subjects within 100 days. The Gujarat government had announced its 100 day target along with similar announcement by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government in New Delhi.
By March 31, 2015, the state Government has now set specific targets for executing 111 schemes covering 18 sectors.
“We have been successful in achieving our target for 100 days. Now it has been extended to next 150 days,” said Health Minister and government spokesperson Nitin Patel.
While many of the schemes are running schemes, some have also been included in the financial year 2014-2015 budget. While no overall fund requirement for the Gatisheel Gujarat has been give out, the government maintained that fund will be allocated as and when required.
“We will be releasing the fund for schemes under Gatisheel Gujarat as and when required,” said Finance Minister Saurabh Patel.
One of the major focus, according to the government, in coming three months would be implementation of Swabhiman Abhiyan, launched by the PM Modi in September. Under this programme, the state government plans to give 15,000 tablets to IIT students, loan assistance to 7,000 youths, competitive exams training to 5,000 youths and 12,500 houses to construction workers among others.
It has set ambitious target in the field of agriculture. The government promises to give1 lakh new electricity connections by March 2015, cleaning of 3000 km-long canals, deepening of 1,050 check dams and 800 ponds and interest subsidy to farmers to build storage houses.
For women empowerment the government has now set to connect 5,000 women self-groups with banks, financial aid to animal husbandry groups run by women, and plot allotment to women milk cooperatives.
For tackling malnutrition, 200 new children care centres will be set up and Dudh Sanjivani Yojana will be extended to 26 districts.
The state government also plans to cover 50,000 patients for life-threatening diseases under Mukhya Mantri Amrtiyam Yojana and financial assistance to 1.5 lakh pregnant women.
Under Mahatma Gandhi Swachh Abhiyan, three lakh new personal toilets have been sanctioned and public toilets in urban areas will be modernised.
In its new 150 days plan the government has also announced to strengthen public service system and infrastructure, expand reach of e-governance, urban and rural affordable housing project, 51 Wi-Fi smart e-gram centres.
Besides, smart e-learning in 500 schools, 3,300 new class-rooms, 20 new girls hostels, Internet facilities to 22,000 higher secondary schools. The government has also announced to further develop Narmada command area by 2.50 lakh hectare, build sub-minor canals in 2 lakh hectares and micro irrigation facility in 2.5 lakh hectare land.
In second phase the government has also set targets for creating employment, security, strengthening sports, eco-system, promote handicraft and art through training and exhibitions and rights for public services.
Anandiben called for taking up the nationwide cleanliness campaign as a mission to make Gujarat a model state in the cleanliness.
Addressing village panchayat sarpanchs and office-bearers from Gandhinagar, she said that making Gujarat a clean state, even before Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 could be the state’s best tribute to the great soul born in Gujarat.