On the third anniversary celebrations of her government on Tuesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje speaks about major achievements of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Raje said that the focus over the next two years is on implementation on the ground of the announcements made. Be it the achievements, criticism, perception of her party or her view on Central government, check out what Raje has to say:
1. Raje mentioned a series of programs by her government that have been game-changers; there’s the direct benefit transfer scheme of Bhamashah Yojana, Gramin Gaurav Path, health insurance through Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojna, Annapurna Rasoi, Annapurna Bhandar Yojna and Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan.
2. ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’, which is an initiative where the government is taken to people, Raje said that this is an unique scheme which is expected to happen over a period of one month, when different people will go to different districts in a door-to-door exercise.
3. When questioned about the claims versus actual implementation of the government’s Resurgent Rajasthan and Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM), Raje said, “GRAM has gotten off to a good start. We have signed MoUs worth Rs 4,400 crore. Before April 2018, I want to put another four GRAMs in four divisional headquarters.”
4. While on criticism for closure of schools, the CM was quoted by Indian Express as saying, according to her rationalising is very important and that they had to close schools which had no children. “The standard of education has gone up, teachers’ training has got off to a good start and children have been linked with Khan Academy, Cisco and others,” she said.
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5. On the claim that her government and its officials don’t get work done so things are shifting towards private sector. She countered and said that this is not true. She said that all schemes are on the ground, “Annapurna, MJSA, education, now we’re looking at getting into tourism and college education”.
6. On removal of 1.5 crore names from Food Security Act, Vasundhara said, “We have people who need support and we will support those people. And it would be nice if those who do not need support voluntarily stepped away. But if they do not, then there are things the government has to do.”
7. On how she is coping up with demonetisation, Raje proudly mentioned that Rajasthan is the fastest moving state when it comes to digitisation. The state has made micro ATMs and POS machines VAT free.