From Narmada Water to Dairy, A Look at 5 Pillars of Modi’s ‘Gujarat Model’ That Make PM Invincible on Home Turf

BJP’s long rule of 27 years in Gujarat and after eight years Narendra Modi Moved to Delhi as prime minister after ruling the state as chief minister for 13 years, the Modi factor is unstoppable in the current elections even in the PM’s home state.

As the state votes in Phase 1 on Thursday, News18 spoke to senior BJP and government officials to understand the five pillars of Modi’s ‘Gujarat model’ that have kept him popular in the state till date, making him the BJP Has become the biggest vote gatherer. These long-standing benefits for the people include Narmada water reaching people in villages, peace and security for two decades, education infrastructure leading to higher literacy rates, support for the dairy sector and a high-quality tourism circuit Are included.

Travel across Gujarat and one hears about these issues over and over who continue to vote for the BJP on the basis of Narendra Modi’s face. So will these factors work in 2022 as well? News18 Decode:

narmada water

It was Modi who launched the SAUNI scheme as Chief Minister to solve Gujarat’s perennial problem of water scarcity and drought, especially in the regions of Saurashtra and Kutch. Under the scheme, 1,370 km long water pipeline has been completed in Saurashtra region and work on 1,150 km long pipeline is underway. Due to this, the water of Narmada reached every nook and corner of Saurashtra and Kutch, which helped in irrigation of more than one million acres of land. Since 2014, Gujarat’s budget has allocated over Rs 10,000 crore for the scheme, changing for good the distressing scenario of women walking miles to fill a pot of water in Saurashtra or Kutch .

The Narmada Canal is now a series of branch canals, sub-canals and distributaries – all with a total length of 71,748 km in 17 districts. Modi as prime minister has also been invested in the project as he recently inaugurated the Kutch branch canal in Gujarat that connects the last mile of western Gujarat to the waters of the Narmada River, which runs over 750 km in central Gujarat. is far. In addition, the Sardar Sarovar Dam provides irrigation facilities to more than 3,000 villages covering 18.45 lakh hectares of land in 73 taluks in 15 districts of Gujarat. Drinking water has reached more than four crore people in Gujarat.

In addition, the ‘Nal Se Jal Yojana’ launched by the Prime Minister in 2019 has been completed in Gujarat with drinking water to all households in the state currently with tap connections.

education model

Gujarat’s literacy rate is expected to be 82.5 percent in 2021, up from 69 percent in 2001 when Modi took over as the state’s chief minister. The reason behind this is the network of about 55,000 schools in the state and the increase in the number of children enrolled in secondary and higher secondary in Gujarat over the past decades, indicating that enrolled students are staying in school. Data shared with News18 shows that in 2001 Gujarat had around 17 lakh students enrolled in secondary and higher secondary classes, with the number expected to increase to 29 lakh in 2021. Dropout rates have also come down drastically.

Statistics show that in 2001 the dropout rate in Gujarat’s schools was 25 per cent in primary, 52 per cent in upper primary and 70 per cent in secondary. Officials say this is slated to drop to just 1 per cent in primary, 4.5 per cent in upper primary and 23 per cent in secondary in 2021, painting a clear picture of a graph that will eventually improve the standard and quality of life. “Schemes that target and encourage education of the girl child have gone a long way in improving the situation,” officials said.

The BJP is also pointing out how the number of universities in Gujarat has increased from 21 in 2002 to 103 in 2022 and the number of colleges has increased from 775 to 3,117 in the same period. The BJP says that schemes launched by Modi such as Vidyalakshmi Bond Yojana, Kanya Kelavani Rath Yatra Yojana, Anna Triveni Yojana and the latest Vahli Decree Yojana and Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana have helped the cause of education in the state. Gujarat has also become the first state to implement the new education Policy.

peace and security

No riots, stable law and order situation and terrorism free environment is another factor on which people support BJP in Gujarat, which helps the party defeat any opposition in power during elections. PM Modi has stressed on the issue in his current campaign, stressing how the youth of the state have not seen any riots in the last 20 years and should be kept away from the menace of terror. In huge hoardings across the state, the BJP is emphasizing on the theme of ‘security and peace’ to impress the voters again. In his speeches, Modi has referred to the earlier bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat, how the UPA government at the Center then did not cooperate with him, and claimed that the Congress had been soft on terror.

dairy revolution

Gujarat accounts for 1/5th of India’s total milk production and as Chief Minister, Modi focused the most on the development of animal husbandry sector in the state by creating the concept of “cooperative model village” and promoting it as an inspiration across the country . For more and better production of milk and milk products. This sector provides direct employment to 35 lakh milk producers and another 10 lakh workers indirectly in Gujarat. The turnover for 2020-21 was Rs 39,000 crore, which is estimated to be Rs 46,000 crore in the coming years.

The dairy cooperative network of Gujarat is highly appreciated for having no middlemen in the entire process. More than 70 percent of the money received from customers goes directly into the pockets of farmers, most of whom are women. Amul, the largest dairy cooperative in India, is located in Anand, Gujarat. The ‘Banni’ breed of buffaloes in Kutch has been a success story due to their high yield and climate-resistance capabilities, Modi spoke about the breed during his visit to Gujarat’s Kutch region on December 15, 2020.

Of the 35 lakh milk producers in Gujarat, 36 per cent – ​​about 12.5 lakh – farmers are women, another major reason why the BJP gets a lot of women votes in Gujarat. As PM, Modi has also been pushing for universal vaccination of cattle to solve a major problem in the dairy sector. The Gujarat Chief Minister Gau Poshan Yojana has been a hit for the dairy farmers. The infrastructure set up by Modi during his tenure as chief minister for the dairy sector still resonates with voters in rural areas.

tourist circuit

Gujarat is now considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, largely because of Modi’s vision and direction in making the state a hot spot – from the Rann of Kutch to the crowd-pulling ‘Statue of Unity’ in Kevadia , Temple circuit of Dwarka-Somnath-Ambaji and world’s largest Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Play Enclave. The ‘Ran Utsav’ started by Modi in 2006 has turned into a 100-day festival at Dhordo and hosts 4-5 lakh tourists from here. India and abroad every year.

The India-Pakistan border view point at Nadabet has been developed as ‘Wagah of Gujarat’ with an aim to promote border tourism. It was inaugurated by Home Minister Amit Shah in April 2022. In addition, the 93 lakh sq ft Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave at Motera, Ahmedabad will form the foundation for the state to launch the Gujarat Olympic Mission and build a world-class sports infrastructure with an aim to host the Olympic Games in 2036.

The entire project is estimated to cost Rs 4,600 crore. The Sports Enclave will include an indoor sports arena, aquatics centre, velodrome, athletics village and in future, the Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System and Ahmedabad Metro will also be extended to the Sports Enclave to make transportation to and from the area easier. Easy.

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