In a recent interview, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje discusses the various reforms and government projects introduced for the welfare of people of Rajasthan with Sahil Makkar in detail. Vasundhara Raje is aspiring for an overall development of Rajasthan and thus has been introducing various schemes and government projects from past two and a half years. Her approach towards development and progress is appreciated by all and a constructive change is noticed in the lives of people of Rajasthan. In this recent interview with Sahil Makkar, she talks about the development projects and her basic idea with which they are being incorporated in Rajasthan.
On asked about her experiences from Russia tour, she confidently replied that Russia is an old friend of India and on her first visit; she had constructive one-on-one meetings with G Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg and D V Pasler, head of Government in Sverdlovsk region. The discussions were regarding the possible cooperation between Russia and Rajasthan in sectors like infrastructure development, mining extraction, pollution control, and defense manufacturing and engineering sectors. Also, Rajasthan is looking forward Russia’s participation in the Global Agritech Summit to be held in the month of November.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Rajasthan
Vasundhara Raje and her Government is working hard to transform Rajasthan into a preferred investment destination for both domestic and foreign investors. The success of first Japanese Zone in Neemrana has opened various paths for the Government and in this direction, the state is moving ahead by developing a second industrial investment Zone in Ghiloth on around 500 acres. She highlighted that Rajasthan is the largest state in India and all the Government policies are focused on the overall development of the state. Rajasthan has huge mineral resources, human resources, proximity to the major cities and seaports, the Delhi-Mumbai Freight Corridor (DFC) and various other factors which can make Rajasthan a preferred growing investment destination all over the world. The recent labor reforms also create an ease of doing business.
Korean Investment in Ghiloth
There are various Korean companies who are in touch with Rajasthan Government with their investment plans. Also, there is a proposal of Korean Investment Zone. The major highlight of the interview is that the Rajasthan Government is planning for more country-specific zones for countries other than Japan and Korea, namely China, Russia, Canada and Italy.
Other highlights of the interview were regarding the progress of smart city project to which Raje replied that “A large proportion of the proposed projects is in various stages of implementation with land being identified for nearly 70% of investment proposals, civic work being initiated for 69 proposals and even production started on 16 projects.
The main objective of various industry, labor, legal and land reforms are focusing on creating direct and indirect jobs. Also, the governance will improve the governance and improve the pace of industrial growth. Elaborating the policy of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the prospects of Rajasthan, she simplifies that private sector will improve the efficiency levels of the work and performance. A collective step of Government and private sector can work miracles for the people as they could reach out to all and deliver quality services in sectors like health, infrastructure, and education. Not only this, she also shared the data as through BHAMASHAH Swasthya Bima Yojna, more than 45 million people are benefitted. Also, Government will bear the health premium cost of 10 million people.
The scheme of Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyaan (MJSA) has also been discussed as CM expressed her concern regarding the water problems arising in different sectors of Rajasthan. As the data says, 4 billion cubic meters out of 16.05 billion cubic meters rain water is being wasted every year as the state didn’t have any structures to harvest rainwater. Thus, the government introduced scientifically-designed MJSA in rural areas and around 91,043 works have been completed out of the target of 108,000 works. It has been a huge success and people are very happy to see their harvesters filled with rain water. Also, in the II phase of the campaign, the project will reach out to another 3,500 villages.
The Government and all its officials including CM Raje are highly dedicated and focused on changing the face of the state from being a Desert state to a developed state where everybody haves a higher happiness index.