By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 10: Putting a big question mark on the Gujarat model of development, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has exposed chinks on the much-hyped Modi model and said if the same model is replicated for India, development will elude the people.
In a statement here on Tuesday, Gogoi said that as per CAG report the debt burden hovering around Gujarat rose to staggering Rs 1,50,153 crore which is the third highest in the country. If the Gujarat model of development puts the State into huge burden, it remains everybody’s guess how the country will march ahead if the same model of development is replicated.
Gogoi also trots out, “The Gujarat model of development is considered as the brainchild of Prime Minister rendra Modi. However, the CAG report showing whopping loan burden on Gujarat reflects the redundancy of the model. It drilled many holes in Chief Minister Andiben Patel’s first year in office as the Chief Minister.”
Gogoi also added that the report also exposed Gujarat’s shabby fincial discipline on all fronts. Health care facilities in government hospitals were in shambles with patients were denied even most common and basic medicines. The report also suggested that security of the State needed an overhaul. Moreover, the CAG report also exposed irregularity of whopping Rs 20,000 crore in Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation.
“If this is the state of affairs in Gujarat, it really cast aspersions on Modi’s development model and demands a replacement if the future of the country is to be secured,” Gogoi added.