Issue Date: May 31, 2007
gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on March 29, 2007, announced a Rs 13-crore scheme for the state's urban poor.
The programme, called Garib Samriddhi Scheme, envisages, among other things, setting up 175,000 private toilets and 5,000 pay-and-use-toilets in
slums over the next five years. It also plans to construct 250,000 houses for its urban poor under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal
Mission at a cost of Rs 2,200 crore. The timing of the announcement, with elections due at the end of the year, raises doubts.
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