Home Minister RR Patil on Tuesday lambasted Modi, asking that if he is looked at as a role model for development, then why Gujarat is behind Maharashtra in terms of literacy rate and GDP growth.
“The state of Gujarat is ahead not because of Narendra Modi, it’s because of its people. But the picture created is that it is because of Modi’s development model,” said Patil.
Patil made this remark while speaking at a Nationalist Congress Party meeting held in Mira Road on Tuesday.
He went on to lash out at the Thackerays, saying, “Politicians playing regional and language politics should come ahead and tell the people of Maharashtra which medium schools their children are studying in.”
During the meeting, he also declared that the state government will deposit Rs1 lakh for the use of every girl child born to below poverty line families in the state. The funds will be transferred to the girl child’s bank account after she turns 18.
The money, he said, would be used to fund the girl child’s education. “People think of a girl child as a liability, with so many incidents of female foeticide, dowry and parents denying their girl child education. We will deposit Rs1 lakh in the bank, and after the girl turns 18 years old, the funds can be used for her development,” Patil said.
It should be noted that the there is a higher ratio of people from economically backward classes in Thane Rural Zone, which includes areas such as Jawhar, Mokhada and Wada, which means this initiative will bring in change in these parts. Moreover, a majority of adivasi (tribal) groups reside in the coastal towns of Vasai-Virar, Palghar and Boisar, which would also benefit from this scheme, in addition to all other lesser privileged families in Maharashtra.
For the girl child
Under the Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Sukanya Yojana, every below poverty line (BPL) family in the state, on the birth of a girl child, will receive Rs 21,200
Introduced with a view to improve the skewed child sex ratio in the state, the scheme will entitle the girl to an amount of Rs1 lakh when she turns 18
The scheme entitles girls to an education scholarship of Rs100 per month for classes 9 to 12
It will also provide them Rs75,000 in case of accidental death or permanent disability of one or both parents