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પ્રેસનોટ તા. ૧૭-૮-૨૦૧૧

ગુજરાતના સામાન્ય – મધ્યમવર્ગની પ્રજાકીય પ્રશ્નો માટે અસરકારક લડત
માટે હાકલ કરતાં  અર્જુનભાઈ મોઢવાડિયા

* આઠ વર્ષર્થ્થી લોકાયુક્ત ની નિમણુંક ન કરનારી ભાજપ સરકાર સામે શેરેરીઓમેમાં
આંદંદોલેલન માટે કોંગ્રેસપક્ષ તૈયાર અર્જુનભાઈ મોઢવાડિયા

* “ખાતો નથી ખાવા દેતો નથી અને લોકાયુક્ત મુકવા દેતો નથી”
તેવો પ્રશ્ન કરતાં શક્તિસિંહ ગોહિલ કોંગ્રેસ એક પરિવાર છે, કોંગ્રેસના કાર્યકરના ભાગે જે
કોઈ જવાબદારીઆવે તેને નિષ્ઠા અને જુસ્સાથી નિભાવવાની આપણી સૌની જવાબદારી
છે. પ્રજાકિય પ્રશ્નો માટે વહિવટીતંત્ર સંપૂર્ણ ઉદાસીન છે ત્યારે નિરાશા દુર કરી લડાઈના
મેદાનમાં આવવાનો સમય આપણા માટેઆવી ગયો છે. આજે આખા દેશને બાનમાં લેનારા
અને અમદાવાદ શહેર અને ગુજરાતમાંહોર્ડિંગની પાછળ રૂા. ૬૫ લાખથી વધારે ખર્ચ
કરનારાની પાછળ કયા તત્વો ભાગ ભજવી રહ્યાંછે તેનો વિચાર કરવો પડશે. જેઓ
ખરડાયેલા છે તેઓ ભ્રષ્ટાચારની સામે લડાઈ લડી રહ્યાં છે.

તેવુ આજે પ્રદેશ કોંગ્રેસ સમિતિ ખાતે રાખવામાં આવેલ સમગ્ર ગુજરાતના શહેર – જીલ્લા -
તાલુકા કોંગ્રેસના પ્રમુખશ્રીઓ અને પંચાયતના નેતાશ્રીઓની વિશાળ મીટીંગમાં પ્રદેશ કોંગ્રેસના
પ્રમુખશ્રી અર્જુનભાઈ મોઢવાડીયાએ જણાવ્યું હતું. શ્રી મોઢવાડીયાએ વધુમાં જણાવ્યું હતું કે,
આખાયે દેશમાં ભ્રષ્ટાચારની સામે લડાઈ લડવામાં વિશ્વસનીયતા અગર કોઈની હોય તો તે
દેશના વડાપ્રધાન ડાૅ. મનમોહનસિંહ અને શ્રીમતિ સોનિયા ગાંધીની પાસે છે. કોંગ્રેસે લોકસભાની
ચૂંટણી સમયે તેના ઢંઢેરામાં લોકપાલબીલ અને કાળાનાણાંને બહાર લાવવાની વાત કરી હતી.
એ.આઈ.સી.સી. ના મહાઅધિવેશનમાંપણ શ્રીમતિ સોનિયા ગાંધીએ પ્રસ્તુત કરેલા પાંચ મુદ્દાઓમાં
લોકપાલ અને કાળાનાણાંની વાતકરી હતી અને તેના આધારે ઓગષ્ટમાં સંસદમાં લોકપાલનું બીલ
કોંગ્રેસ યુપીએ સરકારે રજુકર્યું છે. લોકપાલનો કાયદો ન હોવા છતાં પણ કેન્દ્રની સરકારે કોઈ
પણ શેહ શરમ વીના રાજા અને કલમાડી જેવાને જેલના હવાલે કરી દીધા છે.
ગુજરાતમાં લોકાયુક્તની નિમણુંક માટે નામદાર રાજયપાલ, નામદાર હાઈકોર્ટ અને
વિપક્ષે મંજુરી આપવા છતાં ગુજરાતમાં છેલ્લા આઠ વર્ષથી લોકાયુક્તની નિમણુંક ન કરનારી
ભાજપની સરકારની સામે આવનારા દિવસોમાં લોકાયુક્તની નિમણુંક માટે આપણે શેરીઓમાં
આવીને આપણે આવનારા દિવસોમાં આંદોલન માટે તૈયાર રહેવાનું છે.

 

વિધાનસભા કોંગ્રેસપક્ષના નેતાશ્રી શક્તિસિંહ ગોહિલે જણાવ્યું હતું કે, ગુજરાતમાં જયારે
અન્ના હજારે આવ્યા ત્યારે એમણે કહ્યું હતું કે, “ગુજરાતમાં દૂધ કરતા દારૂ વધારે મળે છે” અને
આ સરકારમાં ” ઘોટાલા હી ઘોટાલા હૈ ” ત્યારે આજે અન્નાની લડતને ટેકો આપનારા
ગુજરાતના મુખ્યમંત્રી કે સરકારી પ્રવક્તાઓ કેમ ચૂપ રહ્યાં હતાં ?
છેલ્લા આઠ વર્ષથી લોકાયુક્તની નિમણુંક રાજયની આ સરકાર કરતી નથી “ખાતો નથી
ખાવા દેતો નથી ને લોકાયુક્ત કેમ મુકવા દેતો નથી” તેવી વાત કરતાં શ્રી શક્તિસિંહ ગોહિલે
વધુમાં જણાવ્યું હતું કે, કોંગ્રેસનો કાર્યકર અને આગેવાન સૌ જવાબદારીથી કોંગ્રેસપક્ષની નિતી
અને કાર્યક્રમોની વાત લોકો સુધી પહોંચાડે તે એની ફરજ છે. મારે શું કરવાનું છે તે આપણે
બધાએ નક્કી કરવાનું છે અને તો પરિણામમાં કોઈ મુશ્કેલી નહી પડે. છેલ્લા કેટલાય દિવસોથી
અખબારોમાં જે કઈ આવી રહ્યું છે તેમાં કોઈ વજુદ નથી. કોઈ કોંગ્રેસપક્ષ છોડવાનું નથી કોંગ્રેસના
નેતાગણમાં કોઈ તકલીફ નથી.

 

પૂર્વ પ્રદેશ પ્રમુખશ્રી સિધ્ધાર્થ પટેલે જણાવ્યું હતું કે, ભારત લોકશાહી દેશ છે. લોકશાહીની
ઉચ્ચ પરંપરાઓ ભારતમાં પ્રસ્થાપિત છે. આ દેશના એક એક નાગરીકને મતાધિકારનો અધિકાર
આપ્યો છે અને તેના દ્વારા પોતાનો મત આપી નિર્ણય આપી શકે છે. ત્યારે ભારત જેવા દેશમાં
સીવીલ સોસાયટીના નામે સરકાર પર બળજબરી કરવાનો પ્રયાસ થઈ રહ્યો છે. ડાૅ. બાબાસાહેબ
આંબેડકરે આપેલા શ્રેષ્ઠ બંધારણમાં તમામ બાબતોની કાળજી રખાઈ છે. સત્તાની સાથે જવાબદારી
આવે અને બંધારણે જવાબદારી સુનિશ્ચિત કરી છે. ભ્રષ્ટાચાર નાબુદ થવો જોઈએ અને કોંગ્રેસપક્ષ
તેના માટે કટિબધ્ધ છે પરંતુ જે લોકો પોતે એમા સંડોવાયેલા છે. કર્ણાટકમાં શું થયુ અને જે પક્ષના
પ્રમુખ લાંચ લેતા પકડાયા તે ભૂલી ન જવાય.

 

પૂર્વ નાયબ મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રી નરહરિ અમીને કોંગ્રેસના મુખ પત્ર કૃત સંકલ્પના સમગ્ર ગુજરાતના
૫૦,૦૦૦ સભાસદો બનાવવા તમામ જીલ્લા અને તાલુકા પ્રમુખશ્રીઓને અસરકારક રીતે કાર્યવાહી
કરવા જણાવ્યું હતું. કોંગ્રેસના સભ્ય નોંધણી માટેની ઝુંબેશ આગામી દિવસોમાં ગામે ગામ અને
તમામ જીલ્લા અને તાલુકાઓમાં એક સપ્તાહનું કાર્યક્રમ દ્વારા કરવામાં આવશે.
આજની આ મીટીંગમાં સર્વશ્રી હસમુખ પટેલ, અરવિંદ સંઘવી, બાલુભાઈ પટેલ, ગીરીશ
પરમાર, ચંદ્રિકાબેન ચુડાસમા, હિંમતસિંહ પટેલ, નિશીત વ્યાસ, જયરાજસિંહ પરમાર,
ડાૅ. મનિષ દોશી, પી.કે. વાલેરા, ધારાસભ્યશ્રીઓ, ફ્રન્ટલના વડા તેમજ શહેર – જીલ્લા – તાલુકા

 

- નગરપાલિકાના પ્રમુખશ્રીઓ તેમજ પંચાયતના નેતાશ્રીઓ, પ્રદેશ નિરીક્ષકશ્રીઓ, કોંગ્રેસના
આગેવાનો તથા કાર્યકરો મોટી સંખ્યામાં ઉપસ્થિત રહ્યાં હતાં.

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પ્રેસનોટ
તા. ૮-૮-૨૦૧૧

* ભાજપ સરકારના ભ્રષ્ટાચાર સામે યુવક કોંગ્રેસ દ્વારા ૯મી ઓગસ્ટે સાબરમતી આશ્રમથી ક્રાંતિકુચ

ગુજરાત પ્રદેશ યુવક કોંગ્રેસ સમિતિના પ્રમુખશ્રી ઈન્દ્રવિજયસિંહ ગોહિલે જણાવ્યું છે કે, ૯મી ઓગસ્ટે

સાબમતી આશ્રમથી સવારે ૬-૩૦વાગે નીકળનારી આ ક્રાંતિકુચને પ્રદેશ કોંગ્રેસ પ્રમુખશ્રી

અર્જુનભાઈ મોઢવાડીયા, વિધાનસભા કોંગ્રેસપક્ષના નેતાશ્રી શક્તિસિંહ ગોહિલ લીલી ઝંડી આપી
પ્રસ્થાન કરાવશે. આ કુચ સાબરમતી આશ્રમથી ઈન્દ્રોડા ગામ પહોંચશે ત્યાં સવારે ૧૧-૩૦ કલાકે

ખેડુત મહાસંમેલન અને સભા યોજાશે જેને કોંગ્રેસનાવરિષ્ઠ આગેવાનો સંબોધન કરશે. ઈન્દ્રોડા

ગામે યુવા ખેડુત મહાસંમેલન બાદ લોકાયુક્તની નિમણૂંક, ગૌચર અને સરકારી જમીનોની ઉદ્યોગોને

લ્હાણી કરવામાં થયેલ ભ્રષ્ટાચારની તપાસની માંગ કરતુ આવેદનપત્ર મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીને સુપ્રત

કરવામાં આવશે.

માનનીય મંત્રીશ્રી,
માનનીય બ્યુરોચીફશ્રી બ્યુરો ચેનલ્સ,

ઉપરોક્ત કાર્યક્રમના કવરેજ માટે આપશ્રીના પત્રકારશ્રી / પ્રેસ ફોટોગ્રાફરશ્રી / ટીવી ટીમ -
કેમેરામેનશ્રીને સ્થળ ઉપર મોકલી આપવા વિનંતી છે.

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અખિલ ભારતીય કોંગ્રેસ સમિતિના અધ્યક્ષા શ્રીમતિ સોનિયા ગાંધીના રાજકીય સલાહકાર શ્રી અહમદભાઈ પટેલે જૈનમુનિ ચંદ્રશેખર મહારાજ
સાહેબના કાળધર્મ પામતા ઉંડા શોકની લાગણી સાથે શ્રધ્ધાંજલી આપતા જણાવ્યું હતું કે, ચંદ્રશેખર મહારાજ સાહેબ અહિંસા પરમોધર્મના માનવદુત
તરીકે સમગ્ર જીવન પસાર કર્યું હતુ. તેમના કાળધર્મ પામવાથી સમાજે ઉત્તમ સંત ગુમાવ્યા છે.

જૈનમુની ચંદ્રશેખર મહારાજ સાહેબના કાળધર્મ પામતા ઉંડા શોકની લાગણી વ્યક્ત કરતાં ગુજરાત પ્રદેશ કોંગ્રેસ સમિતિના પ્રમુખશ્રી અર્જુનભાઈ મોઢવાડીયા, 
વિધાનસભા કોંગ્રેસપક્ષના નેતાશ્રી શક્તિસિંહ ગોહિલે જણાવ્યું હતું કે, ચંદ્રશેખર મહારાજ સાહેબ જૈન સમાજ ઉપરાંત તમામ ધર્મ માટે ઉંડા આદરની 
લાગણી ધરાવતા હતાં. તેમના સંપર્કમાં આવનાર તમામ ધર્મના લોકો સાથે ઉદાર વ્યવહાર હતો.ચંદ્રશેખર મહારાજ સાહેબે માત્ર ધર્મ પુરતુ જ 
નહી પણ શિક્ષણ ઉપરપણ વિશેષ ધ્યાન આપી તપોવન જેવી ઉત્તમ સંસ્કાર પીઠ ગુજરાતને ભેટ આપી તેમના કાળધર્મ પામવાથી માત્ર 
જૈન સમાજ જ નહી પણ ગુજરાતના તમામ સમાજે એક સંવેદનશીલ જૈન સંત ગુમાવ્યાં છે.

(ડાૅ. મનિષ એમ. દોશી)
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Delegation of Gujarat Legislative Congress Party, under the leadership of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee President Mr.Arjunbhai Modhwadiya, Gujarat Congress Legislative Party Leader Mr.Shaktisinh Gohil and AICC Gujarat In-Charge Shri Mohan Prakash and Co in-charge and MP Shri Ashok Tanwar with MPs & MLAs from Gujarat are also met today Her Excellency Mrs.Pratibha Devisinh Patil and submitted a detailed representation with 1000 pages of documents on various scams worth Rs.1 lakh crores by Gujarat Bhartiya Janata Party Government headed by Shri Narendra Modi, and demanded inquiry of these scandals through independent investigation agencies.

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The representation submitted stated that the Narendra Modi Government has made futile attempt to make people outside Gujarat unaware about reality by creating hype of development and good governance. It has been demanded in the representation that investigation be carried out through independent agency since investigations in corruption are not being carried out by investigation agencies ofGujaratsince they are made inert.

The several documents submitted along with the representation with detailed note are enclosed herewith.

1. Land allotment with meager rate to industrialist in capital Gandhinagar without auction

2. Land allotment with meager rate to industrialist in capital Gandhinagar without auction. Land acquired for the Capital Project is mainly used for the purpose of establishment of Government infrastructure including housing Assembly and the State Secretariat and allied offices. More and above, residential plots are allotted in selected sectors to State Government employees and priority social sectors. The lands are not being sold to any private parties keeping in view future requirement of the State infrastructures. In some of the cases when properties are proposed to be sold to the private parties it is being sold by holding public auction only. Giving said process go by, following industries have been allotted lands at throw away or meager price, details whereof have been set out in the

In the year 1999, Indian Air Force (IAF), South-West Air Command (SWAC) applied for land for their Head Quarter requirement, Government of India asked to pay 7-times more than the rate of allotment to the above industrialists. IAF consistently followed up with Hon’ble Chief Minister for 7 years to give land at par with industries but ineffective. At the intervention of Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Government of Gujarat was compelled to transfer this land at par with the industries.

Total loss to the treasury due to above-mentioned land allotment to the industries is worked out to be Rs.51,97,16,22,317 crores.

Under the Right to Information Act, details of aforesaid allotments were sought from the concerned Department of Government of Gujarat. Certain data have also been collected so as to substantiate what is stated hereinabove

1.   Rs.33,000 crores concession to Tata Nano Car Project

Tata Motors Ltd. has established Nano Car Project at Sanand, Ahmedabad. The total project cost is Rs.2200 crores. Said project was proposed to be established initially at Singur, West Bengalwhich is now shifted to Gujarat after a clandestine understanding with Tata Motors Ltd. and the Chief Minister of Gujarat. It is stated that the whole project was negotiated by Ms. Neera Radia. The astonishing fact of the said project is that the cost of relocation from Singur to Sanand,Gujarat is of Rs.700 crores. The total project cost including shipping cost was projected to be Rs.2900 crores, however, corruption is done in the aforesaid negotiated project, details whereof are as follows:-

1100 acres of land has been allotted without auction to Tata Motors @ Rs.900/- per sq.mtr. Cost of the land recovered is Rs.400 crores whereas market rate of the said land is about Rs.10,000/- per sq.mtr. Tata Motor has been given facility of payment of said land cost by installment of Rs.50 crores each at the interval of every 6 months. This land was originally belong to the Government of Gujarat which was reserved for Veterinary University. It was dereserved by a stroke of pen overnight and allotted to Tata Motors without following due process and without any transparency.

The loan of Rs.9,570/- crores has been given to Tata Motors
@ 0.10% interest with moratorium of 20 years. It may be noted that that the total cost of the said project is stated to be Rs.2200 crores, against that total project cost, a loan of Rs.9570/- crores has been given which is more than 4.25 times more
. It may be noted that no financial institution will, in any circumstances, grant loan more than 100% of the total project cost. In ordinary circumstances, finance would be 70 to 80%, depending upon credit-worthiness of the loanee. That is a sound principle of finance being followed worldwide.

More and above, the Government has exempted Tata Motors from payment of Stamp Duty, Registration Charges on the conveyance or transfer of lands and also provided free of cost two to four land roads connectivity from the State Highway to the project site.

More and above, the Government of Gujarat has also promised acquisition of land for rail connectivity upto DMIC to the Tata Motors and also agreed to provide land for ancillary industries and established all infrastructures for electric power including installation of 220 KVa power supply through Double Circuited Feeder and the Tata Motors is exempted from payment of Electricity Duty. Tata Motors has been provided with 1400 cubic liters water per day at the project site and also permitted to draw ground water for immediate need. Said project is in a Dark Zone and therefore, no farmer is permitted to draw sub-soil water. No fresh electric connections are given to even farmers for drawl of subsoil water. Water table of the said area is highly disturbed and salinity ingress is very high in subsoil water. The Government has also agreed to provide facilities for disposal of hazardous waste and also permission for disposal of treated waste water and agreed to develop Transport Nagar on the principle ofPPP– Public Private Participation.

The Government has also proposed to acquire 100 acres of land forTownshipofTata Motorsand also agreed to provide facilities for laying down of the Natural Gas Pipeline from point of supply till the site.

In the aforesaid project, the Government of Gujarat and the State exchequer is suffering loss of Rs.33,000 crores. It is stated that in one Nano Car produced in Sanand plant, State Government contribution is more than Rs.60,000/-, so, for every car produced in Tata Motor plant, Gujarat tax payer looses Rs.60,000/- which is continuous loss. This is not a transparent deal. Few hundred crores of rupees have been exchanged in granting such permission and all the details were kept under the sleeves at the time when the project was inaugurated by Chief Minister Narendra Modi in presence of the Ratan Tata and Neera Radia. No details were disclosed at the relevant time. Only after application was submitted under the Right to Information Act, certain facts have been disclosed, however, full facts are not forthcoming. This is a clandestine well-designed, meticulously executed corrupt deal which deserves investigation. In support of the aforesaid contentions, relevant material so far made available under the Right to Information Act and collected from other sources, including photographs of the Chief Minister, Ms. Neera Radia and Mr. Ratan Tata showing their closeness.

2. Land allotment to Adani Group for Mundra Port & Mundra Special Economic Zone (SEZ)

 Mr. Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujaratyielded Adani group direct benefit of few thousand crores of rupees. Said group has been allotted 3,86,83,079 sq.mtrs. of land which has been allotted in the year 2003 and 2004. Total price recovered from the said group is

Rs.46,03,16,292/- These lands have been allotted at a throw away price. The lands have been allotted @ Rs.1/- per sq.mtr. and lastly
@ Rs.32/- per sq.mtrs. However, most of the land is allotted at the rate in single digit; there are few instances where the rate has been charged in double digit, details whereof reduced in tabular form is enclosed. The land acquired at the rate of Rs.1/- per sq.mtr. and the highest rate at Rs.32/- per sq.mtrs., after demarcating said land into sub-plots of few thousand square meters, have been allotted to more than one public sector companies at the rate of Rs.800/- to Rs.10,000/- per sq.mtrs. Except providing for the roads, no further development has been done by Adani Group. It may be noted that for providing roads, 16 to 22% of the land at the most are required to be earmarked for the purpose of communication, in residential zones. In industrial zones, the area of roads would contribute to about 10% of the total area since size of the plots would be in thousand square meters and not in 100 sq.mtrs. Therefore, in development of the roads, there cannot be increase of the cost of 100% than the original acquisition price. Therefore, the land acquired at the rate of Rs.1/- per sq.mtr., after providing roads, the cost of said land would become Rs.2 or Rs.3 per sq.mtrs. whereas these lands have been allotted on lease to the public sector undertakings at the rate of Rs.800/- to Rs.10,000/- per sq.mtrs. The loss to the public exchequer applying principle of res ipso locuitor would be Rs.10,000 crores, details whereof reduced in tabular form and details provided under the Right to Information Act.

3. Allotment of Prime Land of Navsari Agricultural University (NAU) without auction for 7 star hotel to M/s. Chhatrala (India) Hotel Group Ltd.

Chhatrala Group is one of the most favored company by the Government of Gujarat. InSuratcity, the land was donated by farmers for establishment of the Seed Farm for about 108 years ago. A well-known seed farm was developed where various research projects were undertaken in past and which was one of the leading research centre in the agriculture in all over the country. SinceSurattown has developed very fast and growth rate of the Surat town is fastest in the country, said area is surrounded from all directions by fully developed residential colonies. Therefore, said land of the Seed Farm has become of a prime location and prime property inSurattown. The property is owned by Navsari Agriculture University (NAU) which is one of the bifurcated university of Gujarat Agriculture University.

This fraud is committed by the Chief Minister and every details whereof was monitored until allotment has been made and the possession has been given, by office of the Chief Minister ofGujarat. NAU was never wanted to part with the said property since it has established its prime location for the agriculture research projects. Said land was demanded just one year back by Surat Municipal Corporation for establishment of its project for water supply plant. The university did not agree to part with the said land and the Corporation was not given said land for public purpose.

Said Chhatrala Industries approached Chief Minister and requested for allotment of suitable land for project of a Seven-Star Hotel. In pursuance thereof, the Chief Minister issued direction in writing to allot said industry land required by it. The Collector, Surat, initially showed four different sites, however, said entrepreneur declined to accept any one of it. Prime location of project of Seed Farm of Agriculture University was shown as the suitable land by the said industry for establishment of its Seven-Star Hotel. It is stated that said industry wanted to invest Rs.500 crores for establishment of said Seven-Star Hotel. The Collector, Surat informed said industry that said NAU land is not under control of office of the Collector, Surat; land is under control of Agriculture Department and therefore, said department is required to be approached. It appears that the industry has approached the Chief Minister again and under his direction, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Revenue have acted at a jet speed; divested said land allotted to the University without concurrence of the University and revested in the Revenue Department and thereafter, Collector was directed to allot said land. Initially, the Principal Secretary of the Government of Gujarat, Revenue Department, vide his communication dated June 18, 2005, suggested to allot said piece of land admeasuring 65,000 sq.mtrs. at the rate of Rs.15,000/- per sq.mtrs. The Surat Municipal Corporation demanded Rs.44,000/- per sq.mtrs. of the land which was declined by communication dated November 5, 2006. But, Chhatrala Industries was sought to be allotted at throw away price, farmers approached the court and said that if their land is sold in public auction, the price of about
Rs.1 lakh per sq.mtr. would be fetched. The consensus recorded before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India when the matter was taken before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India which was listed before the First Court at the relevant time, where Government of Gujarat has given consent for increasing price from Rs.15,000/- per sq.mtr. to Rs.35,000/- per sq.mtr. i.e. at the 1/3 price of the market rate of said land. This project is a clear case of a fraud and corruption. This was brokered by the Chief Minister through his office. The Government could have earned about Rs.650/- crores from sale of said piece of the land, said property has been sold for Rs.224/- crores. Unfortunately, floor of the Augustinstitute ofHon’ble Supreme Court ofIndia is used in brokering said fraud and fraudulent deal.

4.  Illegal allotment and construction on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and Forest Land by Essar Group

Another favored company of the Chief Minister is ESSAR Group. The land bearing survey no. 434 of Hazira (Suvali) admeasuring 2,07,60,000 sq.mtrs. has been allotted which is consisted partly of CRZ and the Forest land. As per the guideline issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, no land can be permitted to be developed by anybody in CRZ and Forest land which has been allotted at a throw away price. It may be noted that when this land was allotted to Essar Group which was a forest land, the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Vyara recorded a Forest Offence being CR-II No.2 of 2006 for the offence punishable under the Indian Forest Act, 1927. 4 different offences have been recorded and same has been settled by imposing of fine of Rs.20 lakhs. Illegal constructions carried out in the said forest land has been directed to be removed and demolished and land directed to be restored to the Forest Department. However, since occupier is unauthorized occupier and encroacher is Essar, therefore, no actions are being taken by the State machinery and Essar peacefully enjoy said piece of land with encroachment. The market rate of land I more than Rs.3,000 per sq.mtr. Total cost of the land at this rate worked out Rs.6,228 Crores. This a loss to Government over and above loss to environment.

5. Huge Land allotment for Salt Chemicals near Pakistan Border to the Companies said to be related to Venkaiya Naiduji (BJP Leader)

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi was in a doldrums since he was facing internal resistance from his own political party in the year 2004 onwards. The ex-Chief Minister Mr. Keshubhai Patel supported the opponents of Mr. Narendra Modi. Mr. Vankaiyya Naidu was the President of All India Bhartiya Janta Party at the relevant time. The Chief Minister wanted his support for his political survival. So as to favor Mr. Vankaiyaa Naidu, a group of companies where Mr. Vankaiyaa Naidu has said to have direct or indirect interest, have been favored by the Chief Minister. Several companies have been allotted lands in coastal area of Kutch District. Once upon a time, allotment of this land, as per my information, was objected by the Central Security agencies since allotment of these pieces of land would be threat or compromise national security. Location of the said land is situated nearby No Man’s Zone of international boarder of Pakistan. Therefore, to obviate objections of national security agencies, a false document appears to have been made.
It was represented that the coastal land are being allotted for production of salt and the companies which has said to have interest of Mr. Vankaiyaa Naidu, have represented falsely that they propose to produce salt-based chemicals which are substitute of import materials and the chemicals and therefore, it would be in the national interest to allot said piece of land to the said group of companies to save foreign exchange.

The lands have been allotted to Archean Chemicals Ltd. admeasuring 24,021 hector, and to Solaris Chem-tech admeasuring 26,746 acres at the rent of Rs.150/- per hector per year.

6.  Bharat Hotels Ltd.

Prime Land allotment without Auction to Bharat Hotels Ltd. at Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway at Ahmedabad is considered to be the costliest city as far as commercial land and residential land is concerned. M/s.Bharat Hotel Ltd. intends to establish a 5-Star Hotel at very busy and commercially important Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway. At the behest of Mr.Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Guajrat, this very group has been favored by allotment of land admeasuring 21,300 sq.mtrs. at the rate of Rs.4,424/- per sq.mtr. The present market rate of this land is considered to be Rs.1 lakh per sq.mtr. if this particular plot is auctioned, the Government of Gujarat might have fetched amount of Rs.213 crores. Therefore, it is found that in this particular deal, the State Government sustained loss of Rs.203 crores.

7.   Land allotment to various industries/industrialists for setting up industrial units near major cities

Government of Gujarathas organized Investment Summits in the year 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. It is pertinent to note that most of the industries who have made MOU with Government of Gujarat for setting up industries have demanded land in the vicinity of district headquarter cities. This particular land is very costly land. The State Government might have auctioned this land, but only to favor certain industries/ industrialists, they have given the land at throw away prices. List of industries and other details are attached herewith for ready reference

8.  Allotment of fishing rights in various dams without Auction

It was policy of the State Government to give fishing rights of the dams by auction only. But, in the year 2008, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministers have decided to give rights without auction to the favored parties and accordingly, fishing rights of 38 dams have been given at throw away prices at Rs.3,53,780/-. The aggrieved parties have approached Hon’ble High Court of Gujarat and Hon’ble High Court of Gujarat has struck down decision of the Ministers and consequently Fisheries Department of Government ofGujaratmade auction for the fishing rights and fetched price of Rs.15 crores. It is very unfortunate that the Minister who had made this illegal order is not removed from the Ministry of Mr. Narendra Modi. Name of the said Minister is Mr. Purushottam Solanki.

9.  Prime Land allotment with thro away rate, without Auction to L&T at Hazira, Surat

Larsen & Toubro is also favored by the Chief Minister, Gujarat. 8,00,000 sq.mtrs. of land is allotted to the said company in Hazira at the rate of Rs.1/- per sq.mtr. Out of 8,50,000 sq.mtrs. of the land has been allotted at the rate of Rs.700/- per sq.mtrs. At the similar time, other persons have requested for allotment of the land. Same company has been allotted land @ Rs.1000/- per sq.mtrs. from land bearing survey no.446/A of Suvali (Hazira) and by another allotment dated October 23, 2008, another land admeasuring 2,57,867 sq.mtrs of same survey number has been allotted at the rate of Rs.700/- per sq.mtrs. against the price fixed by the land committee at the rate of Rs.950/- per sq.mtr. This property is at prime location in the industrial zone of Hazira. This property cost worth more than 5 times more than the price recovered form the company even at rate of Rs.700/- and Rs.1000/- per sq.mtrs. The land allotted at the rate of Rs.1/- per sq.mtr. and property of 8,00,000 sq.mtrs. is just gifted by the Chief Minister to the said company. Few hundred crores of rupees is cost of the said land which is allotted in Rs.80 lakhs only. This cannot be simply done unless the Chief Minister himself is bribed.

10.  Cattle Feed Froud

The Government of Gujarat purchased Cattle Feed from different companies. Such cattle feed are stated to be mineral food. In ordinary circumstances, any purchase by the Government or its agency is by adopting transparent procedure inviting tenders. In case of purchase of mineral mixture cattle feed, the company which was black-listed has been given order of purchase which was placed at the rate of Rs.240/- per 5 KGs whereas market rate is of Rs.120/- to Rs.140/-. Amount of Rs.9 crores has been paid more in the said purchase. Said action was challenged before Hon’ble High Court of Gujarat by way of preferring a writ petition being Special Civil Application No.10875 of 2010. Said petition was taken up for hearing by the Hon’ble High Court of Gujarat wherein Government admitted that transparency was not maintained in ordering the purchase and therefore, punitive action would be taken against responsible persons. However, since Hon’ble Agriculture Minister Mr. Dilip Sanghani is involved, no actions are being taken.

11. Scam in supplementary Nutrition Extruded Fortified Blended food (EFBF) to Anganwadi centers in the State

Under the scheme of Government of India, the Government of Gujarat invited tenders to supply pre-mix of EFBF food i.e. ready to cook by the Commissioner, Women and Child Development,GujaratState. Accordingly, following 4 companies have submitted bids :-

(1)      Kota Dal Mill Company,Kota, Rajasthan

(2)      Murliwala Agro Product, Udaypur, Rajasthan

(3)      Suruchi Food Pvt.Ltd., Gurgaon, Haryana

(4)      Cambridge Health Care Ltd., Mehsana,Gujarat

As per the offer for 5 different zones, the bids have been received from 4 companies. One combined offer was received from Cambridge Health Care, a Gujarat based company whereas 3 offers were received from Kota Dal Mill, Murliwala Agro Products and Suruchi Food Pvt. Ltd. Kota Dal Mill and Suruchi Food are sister-concern though basis have been shown at Rajasthan and Haryana, respectively. Cambridge Health Care made offer for all 5 zones for Rs.408 crores. Said contractor was supplying said food earlier and qualified. So as to favor non-Gujarati company, tender of Cambridge Health Care was disqualified and against offer of Rs.408 crores, offers of single zone were accepted leaving single tender for the single zone. As per the Central Vigilance Commission guidelines, if the offer has been received from the single tenderer, said offers are not to be accepted and tenders are required to be re-invited. Though combined offer of Cambridge Health Care was there, offers of 3 companies are accepted for total of Rs.588.89 crores. The offer was Rs.180.79 crores more than single offer made by Cambridge Health Care. Private negotiations stated to have been made and offer has been accepted for Rs.500 crores i.e. Rs.92 crores have been given more than the offers of Cambridge Health Care. This nutrient food is meant for expecting mothers and infants.

14.            Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation

GSPC Limited is stated to be a Navratna company of GujaratState, which has been allotted right of exploration for production of oil and gas. It has been stated that the said company could find out million of cubic meter gas reserves and future of Gujaratwould be changed by the said company. It was also stated that the Gujaratwould become hub of petroleum products. The company has invested about Rs.4933.50 crores by taking loan from various resources. The company stated to have acquired rights of exploration in 51 domestic zones out of which the company could get positive result in 13 blocks. Several thousand million cubic gas deposit has been explored by the said company, were the headlines given by the Chief Minister at the top of his voice and the pitch and it was stated that the GSPC would be one singular company which would transform future of Gujarat and Gujarat would become centre and hub for oil production in the entire nation. After the said advertisement, as on March 31, 2009, 10.66 mmbc oil and 28.72 BCFgas has been explored and the total production of oil is Rs.98 crores whereas gas production is of Rs.199 crores. Therefore, total earning of GSPC is Rs.290 crores against investment of Rs.3933.50 crores. The GSPC has entered into an agreement with one Geo-Global, a multi-national company. Under what circumstances said agreement is entered into is one of the mystery. Therefore, this requires detailed investigation since either the oil and gas is not found andGujarat public and the nation has been mislead or there is a definite storage of gas and oil reserves. However, deliberately, no production activity are being undertaken so that said company can be converted into sick unit and can be sold at throw way price with all its reserves and thousand of crores of rupees can be earned by selling such rights. Contractual relations of Geo-Global and GSPC deserves investigations since terms of such contract provides that machineries of Geoglobal is to be hired by GSPC and for which, hire charges are to be paid by GSPC over and above the profit sharing. If the company is doing joint venture, the company shall bear proportionate responsibility in investment, profit and loss. If the company is providing service, then the company is entitled for hire charges only. But, hire charge sand profits both are unknown to the economic world.

15.            Utilization of Private Luxury Jet Aircraft and Helicopter by Chief Minister at the cost beneficiary industries

Government ofGujarathas their own one 12 seater Jet Aircraft and luxury Helicopter. Generally, this fleet were used by CM and the H.E. the Governor where regular commercial flights are not available. Up to 2003 all CMs have used commercial flights for theirDelhi, Mumbai and overseas visit and State aircraft/helicopter in other visits.

But Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not comfortable with Government owned Aircraft/Helicopter and commercial flights. He managed to keep Ultra Modern Luxury Jet/Helicopter ready to fly any where in the country/state when needed at the cost of beneficiary industrialists. In overseas trips, He used to travel with the head of industrial houses in chartered luxury jet aircraft at the expenses of such industrialists. Initially, Govt. of Gujarat have refused to give details of such trips using private aircraft but when Airport Authority of India have given details under RTI, CMO have supplied such details.

This free luxury jet/helicopter air services provided by industrialists are one type of corruption and should be investigated accordingly. Chief Minister have availed free aircraft/helicopter services to the tune of Rs.50 crores. In five years it exceeds more than 200 trips.

16.            Sujalam Suflam Yojana scam of Water Resources Ministry

Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs.6237.33 crores Sujlam Suflam Yojana (SSY) in the year 2003 to win parliamentary elections. The scheme included to provide irrigation and water supply facilities toNorth Gujaratand was planned to complete it within 2 years i.e. in 2005.

Out of various works of SSY, work component of Rs.2063.96 crores was instrusted to state owned Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation Ltd. (GWRDC) with a stipulation to complete it before December, 2005. Chief Minister have ordered to allot this work to GWRDC only to avoid the open competitive bidding and CAG audit. Expenditure of Rs.1127.64 crores have been incurred upto 2008. Public Accounts Committee of Gujarat Assembly Unanimously prepared report having scam of more than Rs.500 crores. Government have not allowed to table it in house. CAG in their 16 page report have elaborated various financial irregularities. After so many public uproar, Govt. transferred secretary of water resources and appointed committee consisting 3 secretaries to investigate the scam. Still reports are not submitted.

It is pertinent to note that SSY Scheme still not completed which was to complete in 2005.

17.            36.25 acre farm land in Kutch District purchase & sell by M/s. Indigold Refinery Ltd., Mumbai by direct intervention of CMO & Hon’ble Minister (Revenue), violating all law.

In 2003, M/s. Indigold Refinery Ltd., Mumbai have acquired 39.25 acre land (two lacks M2) in village Kukma and Moti Reldi Bhuj-Kutch District from farmers under clause-63 of Mumbai Tenancy & farm land Management (Vidarbh and Kutchh) for establishing industry. Under the act, collector Kutchh has given certificate to purchase farm land and establish industrial unit with in 6 months from the date of purchase. This time limit may be extended for further 3 years i.e. maximum extension available under the law. If promoters/industrial house fails to establish the unit within 3 years than this lands deems to be transferred to the Government.

The said Indigold Refinery neither established industry nor sought extension for 3 years available under the act. Even though under political pressure, collector not initiated any action to take possession of land.

On 18-06-2009 Allumina Refinery Mumbai have represented to Hon’ble Chief Minister to allow Indigold Refinery Ltd., to sell the said land to alumina Refinery Ltd., CMO has asked the revenue department to take action on the representation.

On this instruction of CMO, file has been prepared. But from section officer to Principal Secretary of Revenue Department stated in file that there is no provision of law to allow transfer/sell of such farm land. Revenue Department has suggested taking possession of land by Government only. Ignoring all file noting of administration, Hon’ble Anandiben Patel (Minister of Revenue) have ordered on file “to give clearance to sell of land as special case”. Department of Revenue again resubmitted the file with noting that it is contrary to law to allow such direct sell to the company, instead Government should take possession and than transfer/sell it to Allumina Ltd. or alternatively Government should take 50% unearned profit from Indigold. But Mrs. Anandiben Patel, under instruction from CMO, again ordered to allow the Indigold to sell the said land. This is a unique case of corruption, violating law & benefit to pet industrialist. It should be investigated by CBI.

18.   Swan Energy

Swan Energy - another blatant example of corruption is in respect of non-transparent corrupt deal with one Swan Energy.

It is known that worldwide, there is awareness of climatic changes. Increase of carbon level in the atmosphere is a global concern. Increase in carbon level warns atmosphere and heat wave is expected. 49% of share of Pipavav Power Station of GSPC has been sold to Swan Energy without inviting any tender. It was a total opaque deal, there is no question of any transparency. 70% share of the carbon credit has been given to Swan Energy. By virtue of said deal, Swan Energy will earn profit of Rs.12,000 crores against investment of Rs.380 crores only. Swan Energy is a new concerned, had no experience or any repute in any industry sector. These two deals in respect of Swan Energy, were supervised by the Chief Minister Office. A good chunk of fund exchanged hands which is apparent from the nature of the deal. Anybody earns more than 30-times in a short span, would not be earning without greasing hands.

The delegation met the President today also consisted of Congress party’s Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly.

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Gujarat Congress today released career guidance book, what after standard 12. The book has become very popular in the last five years. Releasing the book, Gujarat Congress President Siddharth Patel said that the book which is revised every year contains student friendly information and has many new additions this year. The book is in Gujarati and is distributed free by the party through its offices across Gujarat. The idea has been conceptualized by the student leader of the party, Manish Doshi who is an engineer by training and presently member of the Syndicate of Gujarat University. The 100 page book has information about hundreds of institutions and website. It also gives tips to students about different competitive examinations and scholarships, Doshi said. Information includes courses of Science and Commerce faculty after standard 12.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of the book is useful information. For instance, it starts with the list of the documents the students should have while filling form. Student must get his latest photographs for different forms and every document must be signed by the student and the guardian, it says.

Speaking on the occasion, PCC Chief Patel said that the education policy of Gujarat government was directionless. As a result, he said, students had to suffer. Giving an example he said that Gujarat government was going whole hog for self finance institutions which had made education very costly. On the other hand, he said, there was mechanism to check infrastructure and quality of these institutions. On the other hand grant in aid institutions were completely ignored. Of the 26 polytechnics in the state, only five had principals. There was no recruitment in government colleges in the last five years. For news in Hindi see our Hindi daily Chaupal Chronicle

GPCC launching Career guide for Standard 12th Student

From Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad,

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Congress wins Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation election

It must be a jubilant day for Gujarat Congress today. The party has been victorious in maiden election of Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation. Gandhinagar is capital city of Gujarat which witnessed its first election in history two days back, result of which awarded 18 seats to Congress and 15 seats to BJP today. No other party or independent candidate could win a single seat.

This is a great news for Gujarat Congress’s new President Arjun Modhwadia(MLA, Porbandar). This is the first election under his leadership in the state.

One Pravin Patel, former Gandhinagar BJP President, proved fatal stroke for BJP. Patel was denied ticket from the party, therefore he contested on Congress ticket and won with two friend candidates in ward no.4.

While BJP is ruling six Municipal Corporations in Gujarat, the Congress party now enjoys victory over two Municipal Corporations in the state – Junagadh in Saurashtra and capital town Gandhinagar.

Gandhinagar has been traditionally a Congress bastion. However local MLA and MP are from BJP, because Assembly and Parliament constituency enjoys larger area other than Gandhinagar town in its bound. If we look at the core Gandhiangar Municipal Corporation area, even Advani and Vajpayee had not received majority in this particular geographical area in past. Gandhinagar district panchayat is ruled by Congress party.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi was in Surat when result was declared.

Wards and winners( 3 seat in each ward)

Ward 1 BJP all seats
Ward 2 Congress all seats
Ward 3 Congress all seats
Ward 4 Congress all seats
Ward 5 BJP all seats
Ward 6 Congress all seats
Ward 7 Congress 2, BJP 1
Ward 8 Congress all seats
Ward 9 BJP 2 and Congress 1
Ward 10 BJP all seats
ward 11 BJP all seats

Important highlights:

-Gandhinagar Congress President lost the election.

-BJP was ahead in initial trends, however after 11.00 am the fight became closer, and both party had 15-15 seats each. All winning processions, dhol, gulal, sweet distribution stopped, and everyone wanted to know who would win three seats of ward no. 4 whose result was pending. Just before the noon time, it was announced that all three seats of ward no. 4 had been won by Congress party.

-Gandhinagar is like a government colony, and it has major population of government employees. It is believed that government employees are not happy with the government, and that has reflected in results.

-Another crucial thing was poor ticket distribution of BJP. Some people were told to contest the election at 2.00 in morning just on nomination filing day. Some loyal and influential party workers were denied tickets.

-Gandhinagar has negligible Muslim population.

Shri Arjun Modhwadia Gujarat Congress President

Article from Desh Gujarat, 21st April 2011.

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Gujarati Indians Prosperity

before arrival of the British.

 

Recently, Gujarat organised a conclave of business leaders from all over India and abroad called ‘Vibrant Gujarat at Ahmedabad.

On this occasion, The Times of India, Ahmedabad carried a special feature on the history of Gujarat – a look back at how Gujarati Business Tycoons ruled

over world trade and the seas for centuries before the arrival of the British Merchants.

            A brief account of the achievements of ancient Gujarat, as reported in the TOI, of the unknown truths of rich Gujarati businessmen:

1.     Shri Virji Vora (1585-1670) – Foreigners called him the Merchant Prince of Surat. He had enormous liquid capital and a massive estate worth <!–[if !vml]–>Error! Filename not specified.<!–[endif]–> 8 million. East India Company considered Vora as one of its biggest rival.

2.    Shri Abdul Ghafur (17th Century) -With 20 ships he owned a fleet larger than the East India Company and his business empire was bigger than that of the British Company. He had also great influence on the Mughal Court. He owned assets worth around          <!–[if !vml]–>Error! Filename not specified.<!–[endif]–> 10 million.

3.    Shri Sheth Jagdusha (1210-1275)- He was a devout Jain who built one of the first Mosques in Kutch with a view to attracting Arab and Turkish traders. He donated about <!–[if !vml]–>Error! Filename not specified.<!–[endif]–> 4 crore to the victims of three successive famines. He also helped the Kings of Gujarat, Sind, Marwar, Malwa, Kashi, Delhi and Kandhar by opening 150 community kitchens to feed 5 lac people. For these reasons, Kings and Emperors called him  Saviour of Mankind.

4.    Shri Nima Parekh (1677) – After Mumbai went on to become the financial capital of India, it was largely due to the efforts by British Rulers to get businessmen from Gujarat to settle down in Mumbai. As a first step, the British signed an Agreement with Nima Parekh, a business tycoon from Gujarat.

5.    Worlds first Naval Dockyard was built at Lothal, 75 Km from Ahmedabad. Lothal is a landmark in Indian maritime history. Even in those days, about 4000 years ago, Gujaratis traded with countries like Iraq, Persia, Egypt and other regions of the Middle-east.

6.    Shri Shantidas Jhaveri ( 1580-1659) An Oswal Jain from Marwar, Shri Shantidas Jhaveri was the wealthiest and most influential Merchant in 17th Century Ahmedabad. He had great influence on the Mughal Court. He even funded Mughal emperors in the hour of needs.

7.    Shri Ranchhodlal Chhotalal (1833-1886)- He was the one who put Ahmedabad on the global textile industry map. Founder of the State’s first textile mill, he took Gujarati entrepreneurial spirit to the next level. Besides laying the foundation of the textile industry in India in 1888,Ranchhodlal mooted the concept of connecting Ahmedabad to Dholera and Ghogha ports through the Sabarmati Water way.

8.    Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai (1894-1980)- At a time when the world was staring at the Great Depression of 1930s, Ahmedabad-based Arvind Group emerged as the shining example of turning adversity into an opportunity. The textile Baron Kasturbhai Lalbhai took advantage of the depressed machinery prices in England to import new machinery at 30p.c. lower prices and produce the best quality fabric at lower costs. Today, Arvind is India’s largest denim maker.

9.    Shri Sheth Kesrising Hutheesing (1796-1845) – He was one of the richest Merchants in the history of Ahmedabad, and the most influential trader in 1800. He exported Opium mainly to China which had a huge market for the drug, both for medical and other uses. He also donated a part of his enormous wealth generously to social causes like Public Hospital in the citybuilding up Anandji Kalyanji Trustwhich is still counted as one of the largest philanthropic groups in the country.

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“The Leader Other Leaders Love”


In an article titled “The Leader Other Leaders Love”, the magazine said the economist-turned-politician Singh, engineered the transition “from stagnant socialism to a spectacular takeoff in the global economy.”

“But it’s Singh’s unassuming personal style that really inspires awe among his fellow global luminaries, who praise him for being modest, humble, and incorruptible,” the magazine said in the article.

It also quotes former International Atomic Energy Agency director-general and Egyptian presidential challenger Mohamed ElBaradei as saying that “the soft-spoken Singh is the model of what a political leader should be.”

The rank was based on five categories of national well-being, education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and political environment.

Newsweek’s list of Top ten world leaders Photos

The leader other leaders love

Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh was ranked No 1 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

Young and vivacious

British Prime Minister David Cameron was ranked No 2 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

Hero among environmentalists

Maldives’ President Mohamed Nasheed was ranked No 3 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

Controversy personified

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was ranked No 4 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

People’s Leader

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was ranked No 5 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

Leader of troubled times

Ireland Prime Minister Brian Cowen was ranked No 6 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

The leader with a foresight

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was ranked No 7 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

The leader with the soft skills

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was ranked No 8 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

The deft planner

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was ranked No 9 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

The reformer

Saudi Arabia’s King Adullah bin Abdel Aziz al-Saud was ranked No 10 in the list of top ten world leaders by ‘Newsweek’ magazine.

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AHMEDABAD: The Centre has embarked on yet another ambitious project to
build a green memorial at Dandi toimmortalise the salt march by Gandhi in
1930.With an aim to rejuvenating Gandhi principles, a Rs 25-crore green
project will be launched at Dandi onWednesday to transform the area into
an eco-friendly tourist destination.Society of Integrated Coastal Management
(SICOM),along with Gujarat Vidyapith and Gujarat Ecology Commission
(GEC),will implementthe unique project aimed at overall development and
conservation of the environment of Dandi and its surrounding villages.
To celebrate 75 years of the Dandi march, the UPA government had announced
a project to develop the 376-km Ahmedabad-Dandi route into the ‘Heritage
Road and Corridor’ in 2005, work for which is on. The Centre allocated
Rs 10 crore as corpus fund for this project.                                                                                                                                                                                           The green project for Dandi called Green Action for National Dandi Heritage
Initiative (GANDHI) will beexecuted by SICOM, an agency working under the
Union ministry of environment and forests, in two years.The project will be
implemented by applying Gandhian principles for environment conservation
and villagedevelopment. Union minister of environment and forest Jairam
Ramesh and Gopal Krishna Gandhi, chairman,Dandi Memorial Committee,
will inaugurate it on Wednesday E Balagurusamy, IFS, member secretary, GEC,
said, “Various activities to be undertaken as part of the project include
mangrove afforestation and bio-shielddevelopment, beach nourishment,
conservation of coastal features and wetlands, harnessing and encouraginguse
of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, conservation of water,
waste management, transformation of target villages into carbon neutral areas,
improvement in source of livelihood among others”.                                                                                                                                                                         Time of India
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