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Chidambaram targets Gujarat model, says state lags behind on HDI parameters

He said that if human development indicators are compared, then the state lags behind Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram leaves after atteding a meeting with Vice President Rahul Gandhi at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram. Photo: PTI

Former finance minister on Sunday claimed that Gujarat lags behind developed states if human development index parameters are compared. 

Targeting the of development, he said that if human development indicators such as literacy rate, life expectancy, infant mortality, per capital social expenditure and total capital expenditure are compared, then "the state lags behind Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu".

Addressing party workers here on the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, Chidambaram said, "It is unfortunate that the Government of India is not celebrating her centenary. But I assure that 100 years later too, the will celebrate her 200thanniversary. Her name will live forever."

Lauding Indira Gandhi's development model, he said the poor were at the centre of her policies.

"She is one of the greatest leaders born in this country. She believed that any policy or programme must promote the welfare of the poor," he said.

The former union minister said the development models of president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi continue to insist on poor-centric policies.

"This is one of the greatest contributions of Indira Gandhi," he said, adding she was the first leader to speak on climate change and put India on the space map. 

First Published: Mon, November 20 2017. 10:08 IST