Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress-led UPA government of making false promises of providing jobs to unemployed youths. “See the Congress manifesto, it says we will give jobs to people from each family. In 2009, they said one crore jobs will be given. Has it happened?,” Modi told a gathering at the Swami Vivekanand Youth Convention in Patan.
“Why are they cheating youths like this? If someone cheats, we cannot forgive. It is not our nature to cheat,” he said.
Modi was reacting to state Congress unit’s announcement that it would provide jobs to 10 lakh youths in the state, if voted to power.
Elections in Gujarat are scheduled later this year.
“The government in Delhi is cheating the youths of Gujarat, while we are bringing industrial development in the state,” Modi said.
“Please don’t have expectations from Delhi.”
“Over 3.5 lakh people have got jobs in last one decade rule of Gujarat government. One lakh more will get jobs,” he said.
If any youth wishes to start his own venture, the Gujarat government will back him for providing bank loans, Modi announced.
“These are not small decisions. It’s not my courage but the faith I have in you. Our youngsters will not do wrong…I have the faith,” Modi said stressing that his government had faith in the state’s youth force.
Modi also criticised the Centre for putting a cap of six cylinders per family, saying it “lacked vision on the issue”.
If the Gujarat government was permitted to lay gas pipelines it would had resulted in saving five crore LPG cylinders, that would have considerably brought down subsidy burden on exchequer, Modi said.
He also accused the Centre of delaying expansion of state gas grid network by imposing a ban on laying of gas pipelines.
“Thinking Modi‘s clout will grow, the Centre imposed a ban two years ago on gas pipeline laying in Gujarat, saying only they (Centre) can do this,” he alleged.The decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court, he said.
According to Modi, the move would have let people avail cheaper LPG and could have reduced subsidy burden on the country’s exchequer.Comparing the Centre and state’s policy on LPG, Modi said, “They decided to give six gas cylinders per family as the subsidy burden falls heavy, but we laid 2,200 km pipeline network at a cost of 10,000 crore and provided cheap gas to seven lakh households, a first of its kind initiative in India.”
The Gujarat government targets to provide 20 lakh households with piped gas connections, Modi added.