By Team Mangalorean Bangalore
Bangalore, April 12, 2010: Gujarat state officials today invited the people of Karnataka and Gujaratis settled in Karnataka to visit Gandhinagar and participate in its Golden Jubilee celebrations to be held from April 29 to May 1, 2010.
Gujarat Minister of State for Finance Saurabhbhai Patel addressing the press conference today said that It was on May 1, 1960, that the state came into existence after bifurcating Maharashtra.
Mr Patel, who is leading a delegation of state MPs and Legislators, is currently in Karnataka visiting various parts to extend invitation to people of Karnataka and Gujaratis settled to visit Gandhinagar and participate in the celebrations.
Mr Patel said the state under the Chief Ministership of Narendra Modi had achieved tremendous growth and the Planning Commission had set a 11.2 per cent target for next five years. At present the growth rate had crossed double digit, he claimed.
"We are appealing to each and every Gujarati settled in various parts of the country and abroad to contribute for the development of the state," he added.
The Minister said during the golden jubilee celebration, the Chief Minister would administer pledge to the citizens to commit themselves to give back something for the development of the state.
The golden jubilee would be celebrated throughout the year as 'Swarnim Gujrat', he said, adding as many as 14 high-level delegations, under the leadership of State Ministers, were touring different states to extend invitation to take part in 'Swarnim Gujarat celebrations'.
Gujarat had prepared a special database, which included the activities of Gujarati people residing outside. Gujarati people are carrying out various social and cultural activities in as many as 142 countries and there are about 407 such organisations active across the world.
Power supply to south
Mr Patel said lack of transmission facility is coming in the way of power supply from surplus states to needy states in the country. He said though Gujarat and Chattisgarh had surplus power, they were unable to supply to southern states, including Karnataka, which was facing severe shortage. "There is lack of transmission lines for supply of power from Western Grid to Southern Grid," he added.
He said Gujrat, which was producing 10,000 MW of power, would double its generation by 2012. Power was supplied 24 hours a day to 18,000 villages and there was no load-shedding in the entire state, he claimed. Mr Patel said Karnataka had asked for supply of 200 MW and the state was ready to supply but due to lack of corridor it could not be done. However, depending upon the availability of corridor, power might be supplied from tomorrow, he added.
He said the matter would be raised in Energy Ministers Meeting convened by Union Minister on April 28 at New Delhi. "Even Karnataka has written to the Centre for necessary infrastructure for getting supply of power from the surplus states. This time the issue would be pressed by other states also," he said.
Stating Gujrat was already supplying 220 Mw of power to Tamil Nadu, he said the state had surplus of 600 MW of power and it would be sold through Exchange, directly or through Power Trading Corporation (PTC).