Ahmedabad, July 19: Counting the Opposition’s anti-poor charge on the government, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday said that the government is “poor-centric”, working for them, and not for “rich businessmen” like “Adanis or Ambanis”. “Mitron, amaari sarkar garibo ni sarkar che, peedito ni sarkar che, soshito ni sarkar che, adivasiyon ni sarkar che, daliton ni sarkar che, kheduton ni sarkar che, gamadao ni sarkar che. Aa sarkar Adani k Ambani maate nathi (Friends, our government is the government of the poor, the oppressed, tribals, victims, farmers, villagers and Dalits. This government is not for the Adanis or Ambanis),” Rupani said while inaugurating the “Shramik Annapurna Yojna”. Under the Yojana, cooked meal of 1,700-calorie will be made available to 25,000 registered construction labourers at Rs 10.

While recalling Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s idea of “antyodaya” and the upliftment of the weaker sector of the society, the chief minister said, “This government does not make programmes for the rich and prosperous. All our programmes have poor at the centre stage. And till the time, the poor are not thought about in this country, progress will not happen.”

Speaking at the inauguration of the scheme “Shramik Annapurna Yojna” which is being provided at 83 locations across 10 cities of Gujarat, Rupani said, “This is not a freebie. This is a programme that cares about labourers because there are many who do not have anybody to cook in their homes, there are women who have to get up early and cook before going to work… It is the government’s responsibility to see that these labourers get the necessary nutrition.”

“For the labourers, 18,500 kilos of cooked food is prepared (under this scheme) everyday. This includes 2,000 kg rice, 4,000 kg of wheat flour, 3,000 kg of vegetables, 600 kg pulses, 500 kg fried green chillies and about 40,000 rotis,” Rupani added. After the inauguration, Rupani served meals to labourers. “We are not working to create votebanks. We are here to ensure that Rupani is re-elected,” said Labour and Employment Minister Dilip Thakore, reported The Indian Express.

In April, the NDA candidate for the post of Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu had said that the Ambanis and Gautam Adani were already rich, and they didn’t amass their millions under a BJP government. “All decisions I am taking are for the welfare of the poor… We are working for the poor, we have set out for them (hum jitey hain unkey liye, hum nikley hain unke liye), not for being in news but because we cannot sleep peacefully if we don’t do it. We live for the poor. We are in public life not to enjoy power but for the welfare of the poor,” he said.