Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot chaired the first meeting of the Cabinet and Council of Ministers of the new government at CM Office on Saturday in which took a unanimous decision to adopt the Jan Ghoshna Patra (Public Manifesto) as a policy document of state government.
Shri Gehlot handed over a copy of the manifesto to the Chief Secretary and asked the government officials to ensure time-bound and fast implementation of the announcements therein. The cabinet unanimously decided to authorize the CM for formation of a cabinet committee for effective implementation of the manifesto.
The cabinet, amongst many important decisions, resolved to re-establish Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Law University and Shri Harideo Joshi Journalism University, which were wind-off by the previous government; increase amount for old-age social security pension from Rs. 500 to Rs 750 and from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1000; and abolish the provision of minimum educational qualification in Panchayati Raj elections.
This decision aimed at increasing peoples’ participation in the decentralized form of governance and restoration of the right of citizens to fight elections.
The Rajasthan cabinet further resolved to form an inter-departmental committee for short-term farm loan waiver and authorized the CM to nominate members for this committee.
This committee would formulate the criteria and eligibility for waiving off loans from the cooperative banks, nationalized banks, regional rural banks and the land development banks. It also decided for election of mayor and chairman in the local urban bodies would be done by direct vote as per the previous practice.
A resolution was also adopted by the cabinet to form a committee for redressal of grievances of the contract employees, NRHM workers, para teachers, Urdu teachers, Lok Jumbish workers, Anganwadi workers, shikshakarmis, vidhyarthi mitras, panchayat sahayaks and other employees working in the state government.
This committee, to be formed by the Chief Minister, would attend to the problems of all such workers and take early decisions on their resolution.
In the meeting of the Council of Ministers, following by the cabinet meeting, it was resolved that the state government would ensure transparency, responsibility and sensitivity towards the public in governance along with implementation of the Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act, 2011 and the Rajasthan Right to Hearing Act, 2012.
It was further decided to expedite the work for timely implementation of Barmer Refinery project which was initiated during the earlier government led by Shri Ashok Gehlot. It the cabinet decided that all ministers of the state government would hold and ensure effective public hearing at their respective residences everyday between 9AM to 10AM. Decision of reversing the format of state government’s letter pad was also taken in the meeting.
Now, photo of Shri Deendayal Upadhyay would be removed from the letterhead and the National Emblem Ashoka would be restored in the top middle of the letter masthead. Effective implementation of the MNREGA would now be the priority of the state government. For this, the cabinet directed the Chief Secretary to prepare and present an action plan.