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Gehlot Govt. is mission-less and vision-less: BJP

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JAIPUR: The BJP on Tuesday challenged the claims of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on all-round development of the State made by him a day before on the occasion of the completion of two years in office by his Government. “The Government is both vision-less and mission-less. It is a fractured government which is in power in Rajasthan now,” said the State president of the party, Arun Chaturvedi.

“The previous BJP Government had a time-schedule for targets and immediately after coming to power it worked on a schedule for the first 100 days,” Mr. Chaturvedi said, talking to news persons here. However, he chose to evade queries pertaining to Mr. Gehlot's previous day's focused attack on his predecessor Vasundhara Raje.

“The Chief Minister should avoid making personal attacks,” he said when asked for his reaction to Mr. Gehlot's charges on Ms. Raje's involvement in some land deals.

“Our Government had taken the State to the level of the front-ranking States. That time Rajasthan received accolades at the national level for implementation of various projects. During our time the State had also come out of the category of BIMARU States,” he claimed.

Mr. Chaturvedi said the present Government lacked the will power to implement programmes while the ongoing confrontation among the Ministers, MLAs and officers adversely impacted on Rajasthan's bargaining power at the Centre. The State, which used to be in the third and fourth position in the country in good governance, is ranking now at sixth or seventh position, he charged. In poverty eradication Rajasthan is now the last among the 20 States in the country, he observed.

Among the areas Mr. Chaturvedi listed as better performed when his party was in power is implementation of the job scheme, MNREGA. “Rajasthan was the number one State in the implementation of the then NREGA. Now it has gone backward in this area as well. Even when only a few selected districts had the scheme our Government disbursed Rs.2554.22 crore as wages against Rs.1797.61 crore till October by this regime. That is, the total amount paid as wages went down by Rs.756.61 crore even when the scheme is implemented in all the 33 districts of Rajasthan,” Mr. Chaturvedi noted. The figures presented by the BJP office claimed that there had been a 29.22 per cent decline in wages, 48.62 per cent downfall in material components and 21.13 decline in total man days created under MNREGA when compared to the period of the BJP Government.

The BJP document came down heavily on the Congress Government on the job front as well. Against eight lakh jobs provided by the BJP Government during its tenure, the present regime did not carry out any fresh recruitment, it said. The rural areas were without revenue staff like patwari, tehsildar, gram sevak while schools lacked teachers and hospitals, doctors and nurses.

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