Jaipur, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje met a delegation of the World Bank and reviewed the progress of Rajasthan Rural Livelihood Project (RRLP), Rajasthan Agriculture Competitiveness Project (RACP) and Rajasthan Road Sector Modernization Project on Wednesday at Chief Minister’s Office. These projects are operational with assistance of World Bank.
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of World Bank, Mulyani Indrawati lauded the renovation and recarpeting of rural roads in Rajasthan, remarking that the State’s model is the best in the entire country. Progress of other projects funded by World Bank in the State is also commendable, she added.
Ms. Indrawati further said that Vision – 2020 of the State Government is appreciable. It reflects the vision of the Chief Minister regarding the development of the State, and is aligned to the views and policies of World Bank. Hence we would be happy to contribute towards the vision. She expressed her contentment on Rajasthan securing one of the top rankings in Ease of Doing Business stating that the State would further escalate its position with the energetic leadership and far-sightedness of the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that the State is working on the necessary reforms in Energy sector such as minimizing the T&D losses and ensuring interruption-free quality electricity supply to the consumers. She stressed on speeding up the approvals of World Bank on Electricity Reforms and the State Highway Projects. MD, World Bank assured that a team of specialists will soon make a visit and start working on the initiation process.
Raje said that assistance of World Bank is required for inclusive development of the State in the sectors like drinking water, water resource management, education and Information Technology & Information Technology-enabled Services (IT & ITeS) for inclusive development of the State. She said that the assistance for basic development and social welfare projects in the State would continue from World Bank.
While discussing the status of electricity distribution companies (Discoms) of Rajasthan in the meeting, representatives of World Bank assured that assistance to handle the issues pertaining to Discoms will be decided following a high-level discussion. The meeting also discussed the hurdles faced by Rajasthan Rural Livelihood Project and Rajasthan Agriculture Competitiveness Project and their subsequent redressal. Vice President, South Asia Ms. Annette Dixon and Country Director of World Bank, Mr. Onno Ruhl also expressed their views in the meeting.
Chief Secretary CS Rajan welcomed the World Bank delegation. He requested the delegation to extend the period of Rajasthan Rural Livelihood Project to March 2018. The delegation has agreed to begin the process in this regard. Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and senior officers of various Government departments were also present during the meeting.