The Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs & Sports and Development of North Eastern Region, Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar addressing a Press Conference regarding Indian Panchayati Raj delegation to Pakistan, in New Delhi on June 29, 2007.

Opposition makes hue and cry After the reports erupted that 450 municipal school teachers were deputed at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, the Gujarat Congress demanded an inquiry into the incident. They alleged that while some of the teachers were assigned to escort VVIP delegates, others were used to inflate attendance at the global CEO meet. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said an FIR should be registered in the matter as the state government was fooling the people of Gujarat and using teachers to pose as fake CEOs to impress international delegates.
The teachers on Vibrant duty were provided an “all access” pass so that organiser did not restrict their entry. Such passes were provided only to the organising committee and VVIP dignitaries. The teachers claimed that they were asked to escort the VVIP delegates to their seats and attend to them in case any assistance was needed. Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil, also the national spokesperson of All- India Congress Committee, said that using teachers and professors to attend to dignitaries in VGGS is an insult.
“Everything about VGGS is based on ‘fake’ things. So, I am not surprised that ‘fake’ CEOs were brought in to sell VGGS 2017 summit. The Gujarat government has been faking the number of MoUs signed, and investment attracted through VGGS. They had announced that Rs 80 lakh crore worth of MoUs were signed in previous VGGS summits. According to RBI, the currency it has printed is four times less than this. If we get investment as claimed by the BJP-led government, Gujarat should have turned into America by now,” he said.
“Teaching staff from various universities were assigned various tasks at VGGS 2017. The standard of education in Gujarat is deteriorating day by day as teaching staff are been roped in for non-teaching and administrative work carried out by BJP government. Some of them were asked to attend VGGS and take casual leave later to cover up the matter. BJP is using teachers to hide its failures (at VGGS) at a time when there is lack of adequate staff and teachers to educate students,” said Gohil. Gohil added that Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) is the parameter for any state’s progress.

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