Gu­jarat Fails to Make the Cut in PM Awards for Im­ple­ment­ing Pet Projects

Ma­ha­rash­tra, MP also fail to make a mark while Ra­jasthan, Ch­hat­tis­garh fig­ure among the win­ners

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Naren­dra Modi’s home state Gu­jarat scored a blank in the Prime Min­is­ter’s awards given away to the best dis­tricts im­ple­ment­ing the govern­ment’s four pri­or­ity pro­grammes, as did two other big BJP- ruled states, Ma­ha­rash­tra and Mad­hya Pradesh, while Ra­jasthan and Ch­hat­tis­garh fig­ured among the win­ners. Andhra Pradesh, ruled by the­BJP’sal­lyTDP,al­sowo­nanaward, along with Congress-ruled As­sam and Hi­machal Pradesh, and TMCruled West Ben­gal.

Five of Gu­jarat’s dis­tricts – Bansakan­tha, Ch­hota Udaipur, Dwarka, Nar­mada andSu­rat—madeit­totheshort­listof 17 best dis­tricts for the Soil Health Card Scheme, but Bi­laspur of Ch­hat­tis­garh walked away with the hon­ours pre­sented on Thurs­day.

None of Gu­jarat’s dis­tricts could make it to the short­list for Prad­han Mantri Jan-Dhan Yo­jana, Swachh Bharat Mis­sion-Gramin or Swachh Vidyalaya awards.

In all, 74 dis­tricts were short­listed for the four awards and 10 win­ners were an­nounced. “Only 74 dis­tricts, just 10% of all, got short­listed. The awardswere­s­e­lect­ed­no­tasear­lier… we know bu­reau­crats are good at mak­ing re­ports that could in­flu­ence the jury. But we made thou­sands of calls to check from peo­ple, if the scheme had worked on the ground,” PrimeMin­is­terModi­s­aid.“Field­vis­its were done by cen­tral of­fi­cials. The award win­ners have come through lot of com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

ET was the first to re­port ear­lier this month that 7.62 lakh calls were made by the Cen­tre to peo­ple for feed­back on scheme im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Andhra Pradesh also won an award, along with As­sam and Hi­machal

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