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Government’s announcement on Vibrant Gujarat investments contradictory to RTI revealtions

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar(File Photo)

RTI reveals peculiar and unsatisfying information over the most talked and appreciated start-up of Gujarat Government, ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ which made the Gujarat model go viral in 2014 elections. Considered as one of the pet projects of Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summit’ is expected to fetch Investments in the state and make the state development growth rate increase at a faster rate.
A blog writer from The Quint filed an RTI in the concerned department to know about the no. the number of Investment came in ‘Gujarat Vibrant Summit’ from 2012 to 2017. The report by The quint states that in its first question they asked about the amount of investment already received by the government in the 2013, 2015 and 2017 summits, but instead of that the Industries Commissioner, Government of Gujarat, responded with a number of implemented and completed projects.

In the second question of RTI, the applicant asked about the no. of Investments Intentions received in 2013 and 2017 Gujarat Vibrant Summits.

( Investment intentions are MoUs signed between two partners which are not legally binding. Hence, it means these intentions need not translate to actual investments.)

According to the Quint in the 2015 summit, the government announced the investment intentions of Rs 25 lakh crore, in the 2013 and 2017 summits, they made no such announcements which are surprising. In its 2nd question of RTI to find out what the promised investment was in 2013 and 2017 got a response stating: “Details of the amount of investment promised for Vibrant Gujarat 2013 and 2017 is not in our attention.”

As mentioned above the government did mention 25 lakh crore as the investment intentions for the 2015 summit.

After the summit, the government had then made the claim of signing 22,602 MoUs that will bring in investment worth Rs 25 lakh crore. On the 3rd question of RTI on 2015 investment intentions the quint got answer that, In 2015, investment intentions worth around Rs 16 lakh 30 thousand crores were made which is contrary to the Rs 25 lakh crore claimed by the Gujarat Government.

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Wrong to prevent farmers from holding peaceful demonstrations: Kejriwal

Thousands of farmers have been marching to Delhi from Punjab and Haryana protesting against the laws that liberalise the agriculture sector

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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday showed his support to the farmers who are protesting against the three farm laws passed in the Parliament in September, and said that they should be allowed to stage a peaceful protest.

“The three farm bills of the central government are anti-farmer. Instead of rolling back these bills, farmers are being stopped from staging peaceful protests. Water cannons are being used against them. This is injustice to the farmers. Peaceful protest is their constitutional right,” said Kejriwal in a tweet on Thursday.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had voted against the Bills in both Lok Sabha (where it has one MP) and Rajya Sabha (where it has three MPs).

Thousands of farmers have been marching to Delhi from Punjab and Haryana protesting against the laws that liberalise the agriculture sector. While some groups were stopped in Haryana on Wednesday and water cannons used against them, several others continue to approach Delhi to stage a protest. The Delhi Police has issued a notice prohibiting any gathering in the Capital, citing Covid-19 regulations and the Delhi Metro has temporarily closed operation on certain routes.

The three laws that have led to widespread protests are the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

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I have lost a comrade, colleague and friend: Sonia on Ahmed Patel’s death

Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday while condoling the death of Ahmed Patel said she has lost a dedicated Congress colleague.

“In Sh. Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.” she said

She said, “His faithfulness and dedication, his commitment to his duty, his always being there to help, his generosity were rare qualities that distinguished him from others.”

“I have lost an irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend. I mourn his passing and I feel deeply for his bereaved family to whom I offer my sincere feelings of empathy and support,” she added

Scores of Congress leaders condoled Ahmed Patel’s death, “It is very hard to come to terms with Ahmed patel Ji’s passing. He was a political troubleshooter par excellence & will be sorely missed by all. “Ahmedbhai” was also a close friend of my late father’s & a mentor to me,” tweeted Milind Deora.

B.K. Hariprasad said in a tweet, “Its very saddening to know about the demise of Shri Ahmad patel ji. Congress has lost one of its greatest son. I am at loss of words at his death. May his soul rest in peace. May god give strength to his family to cope up with this terrible loss.”

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Ahmed Patel’s role in strengthening Congress will always be remembered: PM Modi

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Condoling the death of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his role in strengthening the opposition party will always be remembered.

Patel spent years in public life, serving the society, Modi noted.

A top strategist of the Congress and a most-trusted ally of its president Sonia Gandhi, Patel (71) died in the early hours of Wednesday.

He was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram and had been critical for a few days. He had contracted COVID-19 and subsequently, developed complications.

“Saddened by the demise of Ahmed Patel Ji. He spent years in public life, serving society. Known for his sharp mind, his role in strengthening the Congress Party would always be remembered. Spoke to his son Faisal and expressed condolences. May Ahmed Bhai’s soul rest in peace,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

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