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Gujarat polls: In dirty Sayla block where is clean Gujarat?

Even as the Gujarat government under Chief Minister Narendra Modi is making tall claims of sanitisation, there are places in the state that presents a picture to the contrary. The Sayla block in Surendranagar is among them.

"The chief minister of Gujarat is always talking how neat and clean his state is. He says every village and blocks are sanitised. Ironically, the Sayla block is also in that list. But is it really so?" asked Neeru Rathod, a citizen journalist from Surendranagar in Gujarat, who shot the video for the Video Volunteers India Unheard campaign.

Dirty Sayla block in Gujarat. Image courtesy Neeru Rathod

"My house is surrounded with dirt. Only we understand what it means to live like this," a lady of the area told the citizen journalist.

Another man from the block said, "The mosquitoes are making living here impossible. Many a times we have written to the panchayat but to no avail. No one even bothers to respond."

Rathod, who chose to become a citizen journalist, hopes that the area gets some benefit of the schemes that the government so proudly announced of being implemented.

"I am also from this area. Many elections came and went. Many people also got elected. Many government schemes were also implemented. But this Dalit-dominated region never got any benefit," the citizen journalist said.

The state goes to polls on 13 and 17 December. The counting of votes is on 20 December.

Updated Date: Dec 11, 2012 18:33 PM

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