Times of India | 2 months ago | 28-09-2022 | 05:48 am
GANDHINAGAR: India surpassed the United Kingdom to become the 5th largest economy in the world and this reflects the vast opportunities that await the country's youth in the future, said Union home and cooperation minister Amit Shah. Stating that India will soon be the third largest economy in the world, Shah took a dig at the earlier UPA government, saying that it did a favour by not letting India slide lower than the 11th rank. "When Modi became India's PM, India was 11th in the list of biggest economies of the world. When Atalji ceased to be PM, India was 11th. In 10 years (of the UPA rule), Sonia-Manmohan did this country a favour by sustaining the position and not letting it slide to 15th rank," Shah said, laying the foundation stone of the new campus of Gujarat Technological University at Lekvada in Gandhinagar district. He added, "After Modi became PM, he worked hard to elevate India from the 11th to 5th position. Do you know who was displaced from the 5th position? England was in 5th place. In the 75th year of independence, England, which ruled India for 125 years, was displaced from the 5th spot." Shah added that the opportunities for youth in India would grow manifold as the country readies to become a $5-trillion economy. Earlier in the day, Shah laid the foundation stone for a 750-bed multi-speciality hospital of the Kalol Institute and Research Centre (KIRC) at Kalol in Gandhinagar district. In the presence of Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya, he asked KIRC to apply for approval of a medical college. He added that after Narendra Modi took over as PM, there has been a massive increase in medical colleges, undergraduate and postgraduate medical seats, and All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He alleged that instead of improving health infrastructure, Congress leaders "made money" to improve medical education facilities when the party was in power before 2014. "What is the meaning of such infrastructure if there are no doctors in hospitals? During Congress rule, leaders were busy making money to improve medical education facilities. PM Modi improved this scenario after assuming the office," the Gandhinagar MP said. Shah said 387 private and government medical colleges were functioning in the country in 2013-14. Their number has increased to 600 due to the PM's efforts. "The number of MBBS seats has also gone up to 89,875 today against 51,348 seats in 2013-14. The number of postgraduate medical seats also increased from 31,185 to 60,202 today, which means that the number of colleges and medical seats has doubled in the last eight years. Ten new AIIMS have become operational, while 22 more are coming up," said Shah. On the second day of his two-day tour to Gujarat, Shah also visited the Vardayini Mata temple at Rupal, inaugurated a new underpass in Gandhinagar city, and presided over the dedication of other projects at Ambod and Mansa in Gandhinagar district.
The candidates in South Gujarat did not just fear the backlash from angry villagers when they visited tribal areas. What scared them more were the mobile phones that tech-savvy tribals wielded with great efficacy to scuttle campaigning. It had become common in villages for someone to pick an argument with the candidate. Another person in the crowd would shoot the scene and posts it on social media. Before the candidate reached the next village, the video went viral. This forced candidates to discuss issues with the village leaders before setting foot there. “We reached the village an hour early and called up people. We developed a rapport with the crowd so that the meeting ended peacefully,” said a political worker in Valsad. From Bharuch to Valsad, the districts have 12 Scheduled Tribe (ST) seats. Ignoring these areas was not an option for candidates. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Kaprada to begin his poll campaign proved the importance of these seats. Historically, the tribal votes have been loyal to the Congress for decades. However, after losing seats due to the Patidar quota movement in the 2017 assembly poll, the ruling BJP decided to compensate for it by winning the tribal seats. The ruling dispensation appointed tribal leaders like Surat Mangrol MLA Ganpat Vasava, Gandevi MLA Naresh Patel, Kaprada MLA Jitu Chaudhary and Umargam MLA Raman Patkar as ministers. It is also hard to miss the BJP government’s devotion towards improving Kaprada’s lot in the past five years. Located at the southernmost tip of the state, Kaprada is a remote hilly terrain that feeds on rainwater and stays mostly arid around the year, despite receiving the highest rainfall in the state. Women here brave long distances to fetch their daily quota of potable water from 35ft deep wells in the region. The situation has improved in a few areas with the Astole group water supply project that is touted as an engineering marvel that lifts water from the Madhuban dam up to 1,800ft to be distributed to 174 villages. Kaprada is where Congress MLA from Vansda, Anant Patel, campaigned heavily against the Par-Tapi-Narmada riverlinking project. The project has widely impacted seats with the tribal majority, including Dang, Dharampur, Gandevi, Vansda, Mahuva and Vyara. Multiple protests were held in all these areas and to counter the impact, the BJP decided to drop the project. Mobile connectivity is another major issue. Kaprada villagers have to climb up the hills to stay connected to the rest of the world. In contrast, the Dharampur and Umargam seats of Valsad have urban pockets with good roads and mobile connectivity. Yet, campaigning activities are limited in Valsad. A taluka panchayat member explains, “A major chunk of the tribal population that make a living as farm or industrial labourers drown out candidates with questions on inflation and lack of hikes in wages. ” Meanwhile, in the Tapi district, the migration of labourers in search of work, lack of schools, and colleges, and jobs for educated tribal youth are the key issues in Vyara and Nizar seats. The scenario is different in Vansda and Gandevi of Navsari. Chikhli, a crucial centre in the Gandevi constituency, plays a key role in determining political trends on the seat. In the Surat district, caste factors will play a key role in Mahuva and Mandvi tribal seats. In Dang, the BJP has repeated Vijay Patel as its candidate, who will challenge Mukesh Patel of the Congress and Sunil Gamit of the AAP. Jhagadia is a vital seat owing to its industrial development and proximity to Bharuch, from where the BTP founder Chhotu Vasava is fighting as an independent. The BJP has been showcasing the 182m tall statue of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel in Narmada district as a project that changed the lives of tribals in Narmada district for the better. However, Kevadia residents feel burdened with the cost of living, especially as they allege that SoU has done little to ease their hardships. Chandu Tadvi, a resident of Bhumaliya village in Garudeshwar taluka, says, “The government istom-tomming about development in Kevadia. But where are the jobs that the tribals were promised? They hired non-tribals from outside!” Another tribal, Vanji Himmat from Jher village, alleges that the officials razed his roadside food stall. “First, they took our land and now they won’t allow us to earn a living,” he says. In neighbouring Chhota Udepur constituency, a Congress stronghold, is all set to witness an intense family battle between the Rathwas. Mayank Rathwa, a local activist, working for tribal health and education in Chhota Udepur, says, “Voters are angry with Mohansinh for quitting the Congress and may resort to revenge voting against the BJP. ” For tribals in Sankheda and Pavi Jetpur, scarce irrigation water and lack of employment are significant concerns. In the tribal heartland of Dahod district and parts of the adjoining districts in central Gujarat, where most of the electorate is poor, the poll campaign revolves around freebies. If the Congress and the AAP are promising free electricity, education, and other services, the BJP is stressing how it had given a lot to the electorate, and it was payback time by voting for the lotus. Dahod district has six seats, of which five are ST candidates. The neighbouring Panchmahal and Mahisagar districts have one ST seat each of Morva Hadaf and Santrampur. The North Gujarat region with three ST seats — Danta in Banaskantha, Bhiloda in Aravalli, and Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha — has been a Congress bastion. Danta has 2 lakh-odd voters, of which nearly 50% are tribals. Mustu Khan, a social worker, says, “Lack of health infrastructure, schools, and employment are major issues, but tribal votes can be swayed by booze and money power. ” Khedbrahma seat, which has a decisive 1. 2 lakh tribal votes, nearly 63% of 1. 92 lakh total voters, will see Congress’s Tushar Chaudhary, a former union minister, fight to gain the seat.
From the academic year starting 2023, students completing six years of age as on June 1, 2023 will be eligible for admission to Class 1. The change of eligible age from 5 years to 6 years was accepted under Right to Education Act 2009 in 2020. However, it was decided to implement it from 2023.Officials in the education department said this was to bring in uniformity in the age group eligibility accepted by various education boards. “Students who have not completed 6 years on June 1, 2023 will not be eligible for admission in Class 1. Schools are advised not to give admission to students not eligible as per the new age criteria,” read a circular by the DEO to schools. AM
Votes garnered by an Independent candidate, who’s contesting simultaneously from Matar (Kheda dist) and Anand (Khambhat dist) constituencies will determine the outcome for BJP whose candidates have been winning from the two seats for the last four terms.Mahipatsinh Chauhan is a former sarpanch of Laval village in Vaso taluka of Kheda district. He has been working at the grassroots level in the education sector and is aggressively campaigning in the two constituencies like major parties. He is the only Independent candidate this time who’s fighting from two constituencies.BJP has fielded Kalpesh Parmar from Matar after dropping incumbent Kesrisinh Solanki who had won in 2017 by a thin margin of 2,404 votes. Solanki rebelled and joined AAP, only to return to BJP within 24 hours.In Khambhat, BJP has repeated Mahesh aka Mayur Rawal who had won by a slender margin of 2,318 votes in 2017.Congress has repeated Sanjay Patel from Matar and nominated Chirag Patel from Khambhat. Political observers believe BJP has an uphill task in both the constituencies this time.Khambhat has been the BJP bastion since 1990 and its candidates have won over the years. Kesrisinh Solanki had won twice. Before him, Devusinh Chauhan had also won twice. Rakesh Rao had won in 2002. Even the Aam Aadmi Party has fielded candidates from both the seats, which will make the contest all the more interesting this time.Chauhan’s political journey is interesting. The 36-year-old worked with a private company in Kolkata between 2009 and 2016. He returned to his village and was elected sarpanch of Laval Gram Panchayat. Later, he was disqualified following a complaint filed by then BJP MLA Kesrisinh Solanki. He later challenged his dismissal in the HC.He founded Sarva Samaj Sena and education campus Sikshan E j Kalyan, which got overwhelming response from the youth. He had joined AAP and got ticket from Matar. Later, his name was dropped by AAP following which he filed papers as an Independent.Chauhan was banished from six districts including Kheda via an order by the collector in 2020 for disobedience during workers’ protest.Talking to Mirror, Chauhan said, “I am contesting the polls because people want change in Matar and Kheda districts. I hold public rallies in 20 villages on a rotation basis. BJP and Congress have fielded illiterate candidates while the voters want an educated representative.”
A mammoth property deal of over Rs 400 crore took place recently on Adalaj-Kalol highway near Tri Mandir, stirring up the real estate market. A Mumbai-based realty group has bought the land from an Ahmedabad-based group, sources close to the development said.The land is said to be between 1.25 lakh and 1.45 lakh sq yard. Considering the plot size, the price of the land is said to be between Rs 30,000 and Rs 33,000 per sq yard.Realty experts are of the opinion that the land owners were trying to sell the land for a very long time and they became aggressive in looking for the buyers after the Covid-19 pandemic.Demand for residential projects has gone up after the pandemic. Constant migration from rural areas like north Gujarat, particularly by the Patel community, is leading to high demand for houses in and around Ajalaj area.
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