Govt-commissioned report hails Gujarat model

A central government-commissioned report has praised the Gujarat model of e-governance implementation in pollution control as the model to be emulated by other states.

On May 6, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi pulled out the report, commissioned by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), which also hails the land-related interventions in his state.

The department, which is part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, had roped in global consulting firm Accenture to study best practices in Indian states that can be used as a model for other provinces to enable India to move up the ladder in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.

Modi was quick to pounce on the report within hours of it being uploaded on the department’s website to address his critics, which included Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, who have repeatedly attacked the Gujarat model of development.

During his 3D rallies, Modi pointed to the report and attacked both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul for “abusing Gujarat” and suggested they read the report.

Armed with Accenture’s report, BJP decided to take the attack into the enemy camp and said, “The Commerce Minister (Anand Sharma), who himself does not spare a chance to abuse Gujarat, may also like to comment on this report that has come out under the auspices of his own ministry.”