'Haryana fares better than Gujarat in development'

Is Haryana in stiff competition with Gujarat on the development front? To go by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and company, this is indeed so.

At most functions and rallies and even in statements, Hooda and his colleagues rattle off figures to prove their point that Gujarat, which its ambitous chief minister Narendra Modi never fails to herald as a ‘model of development’ and is projected as the most sought-after destination for big investments, is actually behind Haryana in most parameters.

“Although some people talk about development in Gujarat, Haryana is in fact ahead of Gujarat in 50 areas of development and Haryana is the second largest contributor of foodgrain to the central pool,” Hooda said at a recent function in New Delhi.
“Gujarat is at number six in per capita income, whereas Haryana is ahead of big states,” he said.

“When I assumed the office of chief minister in 2005, Haryana was at number 14 in per capita investment in the industrial sector. But now, it is at number one,” he added.
Haryana is number two after Goa in per capita income. Officials here however assert that since Goa is a small state, Haryana is at number one among the big states.

Chief minister says “Haryana is at number one in productivity of wheat and mustard and availability of milk is 708 grams per capita per day (against the national average of 281 grams), whereas in Gujarat it is 435 grams. The plan budget of Haryana is Rs 10,446 per capita, whereas in thecase of Gujarat, it is Rs 8,380.”

The Haryana government has initiated a number of schemes in the social sector. It is giving scholarships ranging from Rs 75 to Rs 400 to the poor children studying in classes 1 to 12.

This has benefited 19.70 lakh children and the percentage of dropouts has reduced from 40 to 5.

In Gujarat, the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes studying in classes 6 to 8 get Rs 125 in a year and those in 8 to 12 are paid Rs 200 each.

“The Haryana government also gives monthly pension of Rs 20,000 to freedom fighters, whereas in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, it is merely Rs 6,000,” he added.

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