Friday, 7 October 2011

Modi sops are eyewash : Guj Cong

Ahmedabad, Oct 7 (PTI) Gujarat Congress today said that the package of over Rs 2,000 crore announced by the state government for its employees, was merely an "eyewash". "There is nothing new done by the government in the so-called over Rs 2,000 crore package declared by it for the state employees, it is nothing but a sheer 'dhoka' (cheating) with them," senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela told newsmen here. Coinciding with the completion of ten years of BJP rule in the state, chief minister Narendra Modi has announced several sops for the people, including a cash package of more than Rs 2000 crore for state employees. "The dearness allowance has been given to the employees late by six months. So, even if we count interest of six months, it would come to a loss of Rs 104 crore to them," he claimed. "The Gujarat High Court had asked the government what pay they were proposing for the fix pay contractual employees and this so-called package of over Rs 2,000 crore declared by them (BJP government) is simply to reply back to questions raised by the court," Vaghela, who is also the chairman of the Congress campaign committee for 2012 state polls, claimed. "The state government has offered Rs 5,300 to Vidya Sahayaks, while teachers draw around Rs 20,000, both are in the same profession of education and doing the same job of teaching, so one can well imagine what the mindset would be," he said. He further said that the "tall claims" of Gujarat's fast pace of industrial development by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, are not true, Vaghela added. "Orissa ranks first in development projects, Chhattisgarh is second, while Gujarat ranks number third only. And mind you, the two states, ahead of Gujarat, have not spent anything on organising vibrant summits," he said.

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