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Major Announcements by the Govt. Before Declaration of Gujarat Election Date by the EC

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October 30, 2017

Gujarat Elections 2017

In India, it’s almost customary for all kinds of sops and welfare schemes to be announced along with development initiatives, as poll dates near. The people of these states don’t complain and make the most to extract the maximum from their respective governments.

The schemes and development initiatives tend to peak just before the announcement of poll dates, after which the model code of conduct kicks in, preventing any further announcements from the government.

That’s why the delay in announcing poll dates for Gujarat Election by the Election Commission drew vocal protests from opposition parties, especially since Himachal Pradesh Assembly election dates were announced on 21 October 2017. The delay gave additional time to the ruling BJP in Gujarat to announce their list of initiatives.

Controversy apart, the schemes announced by the state government in Gujarat, with backing from the centre, has created a buzz of excitement among people of Gujarat. Here are some of the major initiatives launched after the EC announced the Himachal Pradesh poll dates on Oct 21.

The state government paved the way for commencing work on the Rs 6,500 crore Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro. The project is expected to act as a major infrastructure catalyst to the fast developing corridor between the two cities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched projects worth Rs 3,600 crore in Vadodara. He also launched the Roll-On Roll-Off ferry service between Gogha and Dahej. The facility will extend to ferrying of vehicles and trucks in the second phase.

Over 25 lakh small farmers are likely to benefit from interest-free crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh. The government announced a Rs 6,000 crore fertilizer procurement plan from United Phosphorus. The move is expected to raise farmer’s incomes. Also, farmers increasing the use of drip irrigation will get incentives and benefits.

43,000 female health workers of ASHA, who work on contract basis, will benefit from a 50% hike in incentive-based earnings.

15,000 Nagar Palika employees in Gujarat received a pleasant Diwali gift with the release of Seventh Pay Commission benefits. Furthermore, the next-of-kin of those employees who lost their lives on duty would get government jobs. Teachers form a large segment and have been offered a raise in salary, while class IV employees have been delighted with a Diwali bonus.

To upgrade and improve public transportation, Gujarat State Transport Corporation (GSTC) had earlier announced a plan to induct 575 new buses. The Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inducted 40 of those in a public ceremony. New conductors received their job confirmation letters for these buses.

In a major initiative to boost tourism in the state, the government opened the Ambardi Lion Safari Park in Amreli District. The park is expected to emerge as a major tourist attraction.

The Patidar community has been at loggerheads with the state government, demanding reservation for their community. To sooth fraying tempers, the state government announced the withdrawal of 326 cases filed against the Patidars during the period of the agitation.

In a first, the government announced the promotion of 21 Deputy Superintendent of Police officers to Additional Superintendent of Police, a new post. 8 of the 21 or 38% of those promoted are Patidars.

Protesting farmers of Nalkantha had 22 cases against them withdrawn.

Science, education, and research received a fillip with the foundation stone laying ceremonies organized at the Rs 275 crore Aquatic Life Sciences and Robotics gallery in Science City in Ahmedabad.

With elections to be held in two phases on 9 and 14 December, respectively, it remains to be seen to what extent people have responded to the government largesse.

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