Taking a dig at the state BJP government ahead of assembly polls, Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibbal on Sunday alleged that Rajasthan's development in all sectors including education and literacy had receded in last five years of the Raje rule.
While the literacy rate has declined to 60.41, infant mortality rate risen to 83, and per capita income is as low as Rs 15,219 per annum, Sibbal told a press conference in Jaipur.
Contrary to the down fall in the state's development, the Raje government's external borrowing burden has increased to Rs 72,652 crore during 2006-07 which was 53.6 per cent of GDP, he said.
Under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Yojna (NREGY), the Vasundhara Raje government has violated the norms laid down by the Supreme Court to pay minimum wages of Rs 73 per person, and it paid Rs 51, he said.
On the corruption front the BJP government has broken all records by encouraging traders and big business houses by blessing them with land, he alleged, adding huge funds meant for various development programmes were misappropriated by the government authorities.