Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot celebrated the completion of 4 years of Congress rule in the state. Talking about the lack of anti-incumbency in the state, he said that there can be no greater achievement for the government than this. He made these comments during a speech at an event organized to mark the same. Various government programs were organized in Jaipur including the development exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra. He said, ‘Even after four years, the people of Rajasthan are not against the state government, usually such a situation happens everywhere and people start finding fault, but the situation is different in Rajasthan. For this, there can be no greater achievement than this. state government.”
Gehlot mentioned the old pension scheme
Gehlot also stressed on the importance of social security, calling for its implementation across the country. He specifically mentioned the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) and said that it is important to have security for those who have served the government for 35 years.
He argued that there should be a common policy for nationwide social security, with both the central government and the states managing the finances. Gehlot pointed out that the state government has the right to decide on pensions as they are a state subject and the constitution empowers states to provide pension. He accused the central government of interfering in the OPS in Rajasthan, which he termed as against the Constitution.
We have fulfilled the promises by making the election manifesto an official document. We made a public manifesto according to the sentiments of the people, on the basis of which the work of policy making and implementation is being done. About 1 crore people are being given pension for social security.
2/2 pic.twitter.com/VX0O9Exc78– Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 17, 2022
Furthermore, Gehlot criticized Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and accused him of misleading and cheating the people of Rajasthan. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised National Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project to the public during the last elections, but the Central Government is now stalling the scheme. Gehlot argued that the ongoing dispute between former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Gajendra Singh is a private matter and the public should not bear the brunt of it.
Anti-incumbency in Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot
Gehlot also talked about the role of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in helping people during the COVID-19 pandemic and mentioned the Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rajasthan. Overall, he highlighted the efforts of the state government in addressing the challenges faced by the people during the pandemic and stressed on the lack of anti-incumbency in the state.
(with agency inputs)