Governor praises Modi for ‘efficient leadership’

On commencement of the first session of the 13th Legislative Assembly of Gujarat, Governor Kamla Beniwal in her address to the House on Wednesday praised Chief Minister Narendra Modi for consistently providing "an efficient and resolute leadership" to the state for 11 years and showing a "new direction to the entire country for progress".

She also took note of the historical turnout in the Assembly election terming it as "people's support and acceptance of the government" wedded to principle of inclusive growth (Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay).

"Gujarat has overcome many hurdles and achieved the distinction of showing a new direction to the entire country for progress," she said.

Among other welfare schemes, the Governor mentioned welfare schemes for minorities — the sanction of Rs 7.88 crore to 2.61 pre-matric students till December 2012, Rs 28 lakh for 4,770 students studying in higher secondary/technical/vocational education, Rs 4.17 crore to 1,750 students as merit-cum-means scholarship and Rs 9.75 crore to 18,000 post-matric students.

She also mentioned plans for opening ayurveda and homeopathy colleges in tribal districts besides opening of model ayurved college near Gandhinagar (Rs 150 crore) and a 100-seat homeopathy college in Siddhpur (Rs 75 crore) with attached hospitals respectively. She said the state government would take up Rs 10,000-crore scheme of Saurashtra Narmada too.

On tourism, the Governor mentioned that Gujarat showed 16 per cent increasing in tourism growth against the 7 per cent of the country. Setting up of canal-based solar power station and various schemes for employment generation were also mentioned in her speech as pioneering efforts resulting in Gujarat having only one per cent unemployment compared to the national figure of 3.8 per cent.

On law and order, she said the state had only 1.1 per cent of molestation cases compared to national average of 3.6 per cent.

She said Gujarat had created a global identity thanks to investments coming in lakhs and crores for two reasons: "Everlasting faith of people" and secondly "disciplined financial management and planning". However, she mentioned that interest burden of Rs 1,710 crore on the state could be reduced through reconstruction of loans.

The Governor, who was at loggerheads with Modi over appointment of Lokayukta recently, said, "CM's Sadbhavna Mission has helped in building peace, unity and unprecedented harmony in the state. This is a glorious chapter in the history of the nation."

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