Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje took a jibe at the Congress’ feudal mindset on Friday, contrasting it with the BJP government’s vision that she said is translating into development gains for the state.
Speaking on the motion of thanks to the governor’s address in the Assembly, Raje said the Congress government lacked vision but the BJP is working towards the goal of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ (Together with all, development for all).
“A long-term vision is important for governance. The Congress ruled the state for 53 years but no one knows what their development roadmap is. I gave a clear roadmap to the people and administration,” Raje said.
She said the Congress considers people its subjects. “But we consider the people our rulers and we have made our development roadmap keeping their welfare in mind. That’s why we started the Sarkar Aapke Dwar programme to go in the midst of people and understand their problems and redress them,” she said.
Raje said the government’s fresh approach showed in its work. The underlying theme in governance is to remove bottlenecks in administration, ease regulations, overhaul the infrastructure and use technology to improve governance, give benefits and empower people.
She outlined works taken up by the government like increasing and strengthening the road network, making Rajasthan a solar energy hub, the ambitious Jal Svawalamban scheme for water conservation and ground water recharge, opening of model schools for quality education and linking higher education to skill development, providing e-health cards to people and growing new varieties of fruits and crops for benefit of farmers.
Raje said the Bhamashah scheme was weeding out corruption and ensuring delivery of welfare services to the people. She said 60 lakh Bhamashah cards have been made so far.
Raje said her government is committed to providing 15 lakh jobs and already over 6 lakh jobs have been given to youth. On the 311 MoUs worth Rs 3.3 lakh crore signed during Resurgent Rajasthan, Raje said they had been inked after scrutiny and in 75% deals, land has already been identified.
She countered criticism on the refinery, saying the ill-considered Congress deal with HPCL was not in favour of the state. “We are reworking the terms and conditions so they favour all the stakeholders. We won’t take any hurried decision,” she said.
While Raje was outlining her government’s work, independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal shouted, “Tell us about Anandpal and Lalit Modi too.” Speaker Kailash Meghwal asked marshals to escort Beniwal out of the house.