Gujarat report is a private document: Anand Sharma

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Commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday accused BJP of “selective manipulation” of a private study in trying to offer apology and to justify the alleged giving away of thousands of hectares of land at throw-away prices to one entity.

Seeking to distance his ministry from the report done by Accenture and put on the DIPP website on Tuesday, Sharma said, “It is a private study. The study was not commissioned by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).’’

The study talked about best practices regard to 14 parameters in different states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka, Sharma told reporters, adding only Gujarat is mentioned ignoring the best practices mentioned in the study with regard to the others.

Sharma said there was no government certificate to Gujarat and felt that the manner in which the report has been presented on Tuesday was wrong. “There is a need to show correct picture to the people,” he said.

The study put on DIPP website had praised Gujarat’s land acquisition model, generating a controversy. The cover letter of the study said: “The DIPP has engaged Accenture to conduct a study on ‘Improving the Business Environment’ in India”.

Sharma said a private study has been uploaded. “The study was submitted to DIPP and I reject that it is DIPP study,’’ he said.

On whether the ministry would remove the study from the DIPP’s website he said: “there are so many private studies on the website but it does not mean they are government owned”.

Sharma asked why other states like Maharashtra, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh were not mentioned prominently in the media report, which was selective.



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