‘Gujarat model has weaknesses on social side’

Jul 26 2013, 17:33 IST
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SummaryNobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday said the Gujarat development model suffered from weaknesses on the social side and could not, therefore, be considered a success.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Thursday said the Gujarat development model suffered from weaknesses on the social side and could not, therefore, be considered a success.

Sen, a strong advocate of government spending in health and education, was interacting with journalists of the Express Group at an Idea Exchange programme in Mumbai, which was also put on a video link with The Indian Express office in Delhi.

While conceding that there were things to be learnt from the Gujarat model as far as physical infrastructure was concerned, Sen said, “Gujarat is behind, particularly on the social side — lower educational pace, lower life expectancy, greater gender inequality, a busted healthcare system and that has not worked so well. What has been rather efficient in business has not been so efficient on things that we are trying to concentrate in India — to have a healthy educated labour force.”

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