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Gogoi critical of Gujarat development model

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 10 - Putting a question mark on the Gujarat model of development, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today exposed chinks in the much-hyped Modi model and said if the same model is replicated for India, development will be eluding the people.

In a statement here, Gogoi said that as per the CAG report the debt burden hovering around Gujarat rose to a 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.

�The Gujarat model of development is considered as the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the CAG report showing a whopping loan burden on Gujarat reflects the redundancy of the model. It drilled many holes in Chief Minister Anandiben Patel�s first year in office as chief minister,� he said.

Gogoi added that the report also exposed Gujarat�s shabby financial discipline on all fronts. �Healthcare facilities in government hospitals were in a shambles and patients were denied even the most common and basic medicines,� he said.

The CAG report also suggested that security of the state needed an overhaul. Moreover, it also exposed irregularity of a whopping Rs 20,000 crore in the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, he added.

�If this is the state of affairs in Gujarat, it really casts aspersions on Modi�s development model and demands a replacement if the future of the country is to be secured,� Chief Minister Gogoi added.

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