Jaipur, Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje called upon the youth of Rajasthan to come up with fresh ideas for improving quality of public services and join the state government. She said that such ideas would leverage faster and effective service delivery through prompt decision making by the government and proper monitoring of the outcomes. With such an objective in mind, the state government intended to put in place a platform – 'Challenge for Change' which will provide an opportunity to citizens to respond with solutions to the challenges, she said adding that this would be an appropriate mechanism to promote innovation.
Smt. Raje was addressing the 4th Meeting of the Chief Minister's Advisory Council (CMAC) at the conference hall in the Chief Minister Office on Saturday. She said that Rajasthan made remarkable progress in various sectors during the last three years. She said that it would not have been possible without the members of the CMAC leveraging their rich and diverse experiences with the state government. यह भी पढ़िए :प्रभारी मंत्री की मौजूदगी में करौली विधायक ने सांसद पर लगाए रिश्वत खोर के आरोप
The Chief Minister said that the policies, reforms and affirmative action by the government had started giving dividends. During this period of over three years, Rajasthan became one of the fastest growing states and its rate of poverty reduction had been better than the national average. On various Human Development Indices, the state's progress had been steady, she added.
Smt. Raje emphasized on development of world-class engineering colleges where the youth would get opportunities to have the best and modern engineering education. She directed the officials present in the meeting to prepare a roadmap for this. She further asked the Planning Department for conducting regular surveys on various development indices to study progress of various sectors. She also suggested for promotion of various agricultural and handicraft products from Rajasthan in Sunday Bazaar at the Bikaner House in Delhi.
The CM said that the first ever Festival of Education of the South-East Asia was organized in Rajasthan recently and it had been a very successful event. She also shared details of three big upcoming projects of Jaipur, which would add to the beauty of the city, namely, Dravyawati River Rejuvenation, Leopard Safari in Jhalana Forest and development of Jaipur Ring Road with the help of National Highways Authority of India.
Smt. Raje said that the state government had undertaken several measures to double the farmers' income. After successfully organizing Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) at Jaipur, its next edition was launched at Kota. She said that in energy sector, Rajasthan targeted for electrification of all villages and hamlets by March 2018.
In his presentation the Deputy Chairman of CMAC Shri CS Rajan said that NITI Aayog ranked Rajasthan the first in Micro Irrigation, while in skill development Rajasthan had been the first for last three years.
In the beginning Chief Secretary Shri Ashok Jain welcomed the guests and presented the outlines and objectives of the meeting.
During the CMAC conference, its member Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala gave presentation on Higher and Technical Education and another on Electric Vehicle Policy, ACS Tourism Shri N.C. Goyal presented the scenario of tourism development, while ACS Industry Shri Rajeeva Swaroop shared the highlights of the state's industrial sector. Principal Secretary Agriculture Smt. Neelkamal Darbari, Principal Secretary Medical & Health Smt. Veenu Gupta, Secretary Animal Husbandry Shri Ajitabh Sharma, Secretary Education Shri Nareshpal Gangwar also gave presentations on achievements of their respective departments. Principal Secretary Energy Shri Sanjay Malhotra highlighted the steps undertaken for Feeder Management and reduction of AT & T losses of the power distribution companies.
Members of the CMAC Smt. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Smt. Malvika Singh, Shri Mohandas Pai, Smt. Naina Lal Kidwai and Rajendra Pawar also gave presentations on e-Health project, innovations for promotion of tourism and culture in Rajasthan, idea of Digital Rajasthan, efforts being made by India Sanitation Coalition and rejuvenation of Sabi River in Neemrana area respectively. Other CMAC members including Meera Mehrishi and Manish Sabharwal also shared their ideas and gave suggestions for improvement in various sectors. Members of the Council of Ministers and senior officials of the state government were present in the meeting.