Gujarat-model buzz in Delhi

Gujarat-model buzz in Delhi

With Narendra Modi at the helm, Union ministers and officials are singing the “Gujarat model” tune. 

Modi often talks about his state's progress in various sectors, and now some of the leaders and bureaucrats are flying to Gujarat to study its success story and learn how it can be implemented on a nationwide level.

Union Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal was the first minister to visit the western state along with a team of officials from the Ministry of Power to understand how Gujarat became power-surplus in a short time.

Goyal, who returned to the national capital on Saturday, tweeted his intention of implementing 24X7 three-phase electricity supply in rural areas across the country on the lines of Gujarat's Jyotigram Yojana.  

“We also understood the Jyotigram Yojana in great detail, and will leave no stone unturned for our dream of 24x7 power, pan India in every home,” he tweeted.

The scheme makes available three-phase quality power supply throughout the day to rural areas. Under the scheme, feeders (lines that transmit power from a generating station to a distribution network) have specially designed transformers to supply power to farmers in scattered farmhouses.

Other ministries, like that Department of Industry Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and Heavy Industries, are likely to send their senior officials to study the industrial sector in the state—particularly the investor-friendly atmosphere and the land acquisition policy.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is also working to send a team of officials to explore the possibility of implement-ing the Gujarat model on training of teachers at a pan-India level.

The model, which promotes training of teachers through information and communication technology, involves continues and rigorous training of the educators throughout their career.

Transforming Delhi

On the direction of Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, three teams comprising officials from the Delhi government had already visited and studied rooftop solar projects in Gujarat, Ahmedabad's Sabarmati river-front project and the CCTV-based city surveillance system in Surat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired a meeting of government secretaries on June 4, explained to them how he successfully implemented several schemes in his home state and got public appreciation, and that he intended to achieve that at an all-India level too.

The prime minister also asked his officials to visit Gujarat to study how the government improve their delivery mechanism by using the e-governance system, and also ensure minimum human interference.

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