Ahmedabad: With Assembly elections in Gujarat on the horizon, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi launching a veiled attack at the ruling Congress-led UPA government said that despite hurdles by the Centre, his government is moving ahead with its comprehensive single-point agenda of development.

Hailing women for their keen participation in development of the state, he said, “Gujarat is blessed by Matra Shakti, which serves as a shield for fast pace development of the state, despite all odds.”

"We all have seen that few people are creating hurdles at every steps in development of the state, but I assure you that Gujarat government is committed to the development,” the BJP strongman said while addressing a state-level convention for women here.

He also said that despite of weak economic background anganwadi are doing a good job of instilling higher moral values among the children in their formative years.

"The government has allocated Rs 400 crore in the budget to construct 12,000 Nandan Ghars (playhouses for children in anganwadis), each provided with a cooking gas connection, across the state," he added.

The Chief Minister also presented Mata Yashoda awards to the tune of Rs 3.81 crore to 2,254 outstanding anganwadi workers, cash awards of Rs 61.04 lakh to 1,390 sportswomen, who have excelled in various national and state level events, and awards of Rs 1.04 crore to 3,339 meritorious girl students from the government's fund for their education under 'Kanya Kelavani Nidhi'.

He said that over 25 lakh members of 2.50 lakh sakhi mandals in the state are doing an annual business of Rs 1,600 crore.

(JPN)