Friday, August 31, 2012

Gujarat GDP less than Bihar's: Keshubhai

Keshubhai Patel, former chief minister and bête noire of CM Narendra Modi, quoting statistics from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation department has claimed that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Gujarat was lower than that of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Pondicherry. Patel said that the GDP of Gujarat was low, contrary to the claims of the government. Patel also said that these figures are an eye-opener for the state's people.
   Patel further said that in the decade since 2002, there was a considerable increase in the number of families living below the poverty line. In 2002, the number of BPL families was 23.3 lakh and this increased to 39.69 lakh in 2012, he said. Patel claimed that 70 per cent of families in Dahod, Dang and Narmada districts are below poverty line. He added that the state was lagging behind on human development index too. Gujarat was ranked 11 th , behind Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir.
   Patel, said the government was only interested in giving tax relief to a few industrialists in the name of Vibrant Gujarat Summit.