gfiles magazine

December 19, 2012

Freebies of Modi

airs & heirs

Freebies of Modi
spending to win votes?
Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, knows how to fight elections. He has ordered all district magistrates to prepare a list of requirements in hospitals, municipalities, fire stations and schools before the masses come to vote. As soon as the list was ready, Modi lost no time in sanctioning the demands. So, wherever a district had demanded one fire tender, it was sent two and where two were demanded, three were sent. Similarly, ambulances were sent to district hospitals whether they were needed or not. Municipalities were sent rag-picking rickshaws in their hundreds and schools were suddenly full of desks. Districts were aghast to see the supplies of rickshaws, tractors, fire tenders and ambulances in abundance as there was no Plan expenditure to appoint drivers, rickshaw pullers, teachers, etc. What has happened now is that districts have all the facilities but nobody to make use of them; as a result, they are turning into junk? One can see various utility vehicles stranded as there are no takers due to the lack of revenue expenditure. Surprisingly, all these supplies are from outdated or vanishing companies. According to reports, the Modi Government bought all these utilities at a whopping price of Rs 5,000 crore. On another front, Modi has also been able to rope in around 2,500 swayam sewaks from the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) across the State to monitor more than 200 polling booths in every constituency.  

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