Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Monday asked the newly-elected public representatives not to crave for power but win public trust through their work.
Addressing the inaugural session of a workshop for zila pramukhs here, Raje asked them to ensure that problems were resolved at the local level itself so that the general public don’t have to run to Jaipur.
“Public representatives can win the confidence of the people on the basis of their work,” Raje told the participants and asked them to conduct regular field visits and not crave for red beacons, security guards or other symbols of power. “I myself don’t use a red beacon vehicle,” she said.
Zila pramukhs of both the BJP and Congress were present.
Raje appreciated the fact that young and educated zila pramukhs have been elected and said it was indicative of a positive change. “The education criteria introduced for the panchayat polls has had a positive impact and we will see the same result in the local body elections too,” said Raje.
Attacking the previous Congress-led government, Raje said the BJP government in its first 2 years of rule has allotted `23,142 crore for rural development compared to `3,035 crore that the Congreee allotted for the same period.
Raje further stressed on the need of public hearing by representatives to assess the woes of people and asked the officials to organise such meetings in their designated region.
“Under ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ initiative, the government was able to address majority of public problems. Such meetings help the public to communicate better with their representatives,” said the chief minister.
Raje said the government will construct 10,000 warehouses of 100 metric tonnes capacity each by spending `2,500 crore for storage of grains under MGNREGA.
Addressing the women public representatives, she said, “You should dispose of your work on your own and keep the husbands away.” Minister of rural development and panchayati raj Surendra Goyal also asked the participants to help in achieving the goal of making Rajasthan an open defecation-free state by 2018.