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Gujarat Cabinet approves creation of 7 New Districts and 22 New Talukas

Shri Modi’s decision to create new Talukas and Districts has received extraordinary response across the state because it promises to make the administration more accessible to the people. At a felicitation program, after the announcement of the Bodeli Taluka held last year, Shri Modi spoke at length about the State Government’s pro-people and proactive agenda. He said that this is not a government that will hoodwink you but it is a government that cares about the wellbeing of the common man.

When people visit far-away administrative offices multiple times, they waste their time and money. Thus, the creation of new Talukas and Districts was done not only for administrative convenience and geographical reasons but also to save people’s resources.

In other speeches, Shri Modi had highlighted the fact that the creation of a new District of Taluka benefits not only the residents of the new District/Taluka but also the residents of the original district or District/Taluka. During a speech in Patan, where he announced the formation of the new Saraswati Taluka, Shri Modi explained, “If, for example, a Taluka has approximately 100 dedicated officers, the creation of a new Taluka would result in the deployment of additional officers who would be able to serve the people of both the talukas in a better manner.”

Giving the example of Sami and Shankheshwar Talukas, the CM had said, “The work that was being done in Sami Taluka will now be replicated in the new Shankheshwar Taluka. This will benefit people from both the Talukas. When the administrative setup comes to a village, the village shines.”

Additionally, newly created districts are expected to be key drivers of the State’s development. For example, it is predicted that the Gir-Somnath district will be an important tourist destination since it is home to not only the iconic Somnath Temple, which draws millions of devotees, but also to the Asiatic Lion.

As per the powers vested on the government under Section-7 of the Mumbai Revenue Act 1987, District Collectors of the Districts and Talukas concerned have been asked to create appropriate facilities after taking into consideration people’s requirements. The government will also undertake efforts to create necessary infrastructure in the new Districts and Talukas.

The creation of new administrative units is a fresh example of Gujarat’s positive and proactive governance model. Moreover, it can be seen as an extension of the Chief Minister’s efforts to promote local self-government institutions. In the past, the Chief Minister has promoted, encouraged and supported the formation of e-gram centres. Because of the e-gram centres, villages now provide important Government and Business services and have become hubs of activity.

Furthermore, in times when government institutions in India are seen as ineffectual and sluggish, the Government of Gujarat has broken new ground by delivering on its previous promises and in doing so, has reinforced people’s faith in democratic institutions.

The proposed new administrative units are as follows:

Original District

Proposed District

JunagadhGir Somnath
Bhavnagar, AhmedabadBotad
VadodaraChhota udepur
Panchmahals, KhedaMahisagar
Rajkot, Surendranagar, JamnagarMorbi

Original Talukas

Proposed Talukas

JunagadhJunagadh City
Deesa, Deodar,TharadLakhni
Kadi, Mehsana, Vijapur, VisnagarGozaria
Mahuva, Gariadhar, PalitanaJesar
Kadi, MehsanaJotana
Jhagadia, ValiaNetrang
Chotila, Muli, SaylaThangadh
Barwala, DhandhukaDholera
Kapadwanj, KathlalFagwel
Sankheda, Jetpur, PaviBodeli

Ahmedabad, Monday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced constitution of a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary to form of a new district of Gir-Somnath, besides a number of projects for all round development and empowerment of fishing community, locally called ‘sagarkhedu’, living in the coastal region of the state.

Addressing a huge gathering of sagarkhedus at Somnath near the famous Jyotirlinga temple facing the Arabian Sea, he said the new district would come into being with effect from January 26, 2013. Earlier, he offered Monday prayer at the historic Somnath Temple in the auspicious month of Shravan.

Gujarat’s state-level 66th Independence Day celebration will held at Junagadh this year.

He laid foundation stone for four water supply and underground sewer projects for Veraval, Kodinar and Una towns costing Rs.228-crore. He dedicated Rs.244-crore development projects for Veraval, Una and Sutrapada.

Other announcements include Re.200-crore diesel subsidy on VAT for nearly 11,000 mechanized boats to be borne entirely by the State Government. This is in sharp contrast to the Centre reducing kerosene quota by 30 percent for fishermen of Gujarat.

Mr. Modi announced setting up a new fishing port at Sutrapada and to undertake development of other fishing ports in the Saurashtra coast, from Jafrabad in the east to Bhadeli and Okha in the west, Veraval and Porbandar phase-2 and Mangrol phase-3.

He recalled the State Government has spent about Rs.11,000-crore on development projects for 60-lakh sagarkhedus living in 3,000 villages along the seacoast in the first five years. Another Rs.21,000-crore is now being spent on them.

Mr. Modi recalled that Gujarat seacoast, which was once the landing point for smugglers during the Congress rule, is now humming with shipping and fishing activity for the last ten years. He announced a rise in the daily allowance for the family members of Gujarat fishermen languishing in Pakistan Jails from Rs.50 to Rs.150.

He regretted that Central Government doesn’t have the guts to fight terrorism or sentence Pakistani terrorists like Kasab or free Indian fishermen in their custody. He announced training programme for youth belonging to the sagarkhedu community and priority to them in recruitment in Gujarat Government’s Marine Police Force. Under Mission Mangalam Project, he announced plan to set up 5,000 Sakhi Mandalis to provide training and bank linkage to women to grow see-weed for their economic empowerment.

Mr. Modi handed over cheques of Rs.1-lakh to Deviben, Krishnaben and Ritaben each under fishermen group insurance scheme. He distributed insulated box to fisherwomen Hasinaben and Juluben, and lifesaving jackets to fishermen.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Dilip Sanghani, Parliamentary Secretary L.T. Rajani, legislators Rajsi Jethwa, Vandanaben Makwana, Kalubhai Rathod and Bhagwanji Kargatia, Veraval Nagarpalika President Manjuben Gohel, Takuka Panchayat President Manjuben Rathod, BJP District President Madhabhai Boria, BJP City President Mohan Dakshini, ex-Union Minister Bhavna Chikhalia, Veraval Kharwa community head Dhanjibhai, All India Fishermen Association Secretary Tulsi Gohil, Seafood Expo Association Secretary Jagdish Fofandi, Principal Secretary Kailashnathan, In-charge Secretary Vipul Mitra, Fisheries Secretary Dinesh Brahmabhat, Fisheries Commissioner Darbar, District Collector Manish Bharadwaj and DDO Dilip Rana.

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