Reacting to Modi's claim that Gujarat surpasses the national average on availability of computers in schools, Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia said the Chief Minister was lying.

Addressing a rally in Bihar, Modi said that against the national average of 22 percent schools having computers, Gujarat has 71 percent schools with computers.

Countering this, Modhwadia said reality in Gujarat is in stark contrast compared to what Modi is projecting.

"Modi claimed that 70 percent of primary students in Gujarat are having access to computers in their schools. But, we learnt that not a single computer teacher is employed by the state government till date to impart computer education," Modhwadia told a press conference here.

He said far from Modi's projection that Gujarat is the leader in education, the sector is in shambles in the BJP-ruled state.

"Apart from computers provided by Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan scheme of central government, the state government has not added a single computer. Government even passed an order to shut 13,000 schools. 38 percent of schools do not have drinking water facility. Gujarat ranks 12th in gross enrolment ratio" Modhwadia said.

He alleged the state government has employed school teachers on meagre salaries.

"Government pays a meagre salary of Rs 5300 per month to the primary teachers. The drop-out ratio of students has reached 57.9 per cent. As per the latest census of 2011, Gujarat ranked 17th in literacy rate. This shows that Modi is expert in lying, and his claims of development are nothing but filmy dialogues" he said.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during his recent tour of the state had raised similar issues to attack Modi on his development model.


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