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

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) attends the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar in Gujarat January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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.

With Inputs From The Quint

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