Posts tagged ‘p chidambaram’

25/03/2014

CPM draws Nazi parallel, calls Gujarat model ‘big lie’ – The Times of India

CPM on Monday alleged that the so-called Gujarat model of development and the claim of being riot-fee were based on the “big lies” mantra of Nazi propaganda.

Releasing two booklets – ‘Defeat BJP, Defend Secularism’ and ‘No To The Gujarat Model’ – based on NSSO data and census records, politburo member Brinda Karat and CPM’s Gujarat secretary Arun Mehta said the Gujarat model was based on exploitation. “The so-called Gujarat model is based on cheap labour and its exploitation, very low expenditure on consumption, very high malnutrition, very high school dropout rates and very low expenditure on education and healthcare,” Karat said. She added there was no Modi wave in the country and the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate was just getting desperate.

“Their desperation shows in their actions. They are not only annoying and disappointing their own senior leaders but also giving tickets to those who have been charge-sheeted in the Muzaffarnagar riots cases and attracting people like Amit Shah, who is accused in an encounter killing case, and the likes of Pramod Muthalik (whose outfit was accused of molesting women in Mangalore),” she said.

On development, Karat said that according to NSSO records, 90% of people in rural areas of Gujarat spent only Rs 75 per day on food and essentials. She said the dropout rate was as high as 58% while employment rate grew at 0.4%, much less than the national average. “Narendra Modi and P Chidambaram are equal in terms of jobless growth. The so-called Gujarat model is only for the corporates and not the people,” she said.

Mehta said a myth was being spread that there was 24-hour power supply in Gujarat. “In rural Gujarat, power supply is not for more than six hours. Also, 1.21 lakh applications for power connection are pending for five years,” he said.

via CPM draws Nazi parallel, calls Gujarat model ‘big lie’ – The Times of India.

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17/02/2014

India budget-2013/14 agri exports likely to touch $45 bln vs $41 bln in 2012/13 | Reuters

India’s Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told parliament on Monday that India’s 2013/14 agricultural exports were likely to touch $45 billion vs $41 billion in 2012/13.

Chidambaram was presenting an interim budget to tide public finances over until a new government is formed after elections due by May.

via India budget-2013/14 agri exports likely to touch $45 bln vs $41 bln in 2012/13 | Reuters.

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