This is the first time since 2008 that new districts are being created, taking the number of districts in the state to 50.
Gehlot made this announcement in the Rajasthan Assembly, which also passed the budget for 2023-24 by voice vote.
He said that a high level committee had been constituted to study the formation of new districts and a report has been received by the state government. During the discussion on the budget, the Chief Minister said, “In this way the state will now have 19 new districts.”
CM Gehlot announced formation of 19 new districts in Rajasthan
He said that three new divisions would be in Banswara, Pali and Sikar.
For the new districts and mandals, he proposed a budget of Rs 2,000 crore for the implementation of the first phase of infrastructure and human resource development.
New districts are being formed after 15 years. Pratapgarh was made a district in 2008 by the then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
Gehlot said that geographically, Rajasthan is the largest state in the country and some places are more than 100 kilometers away from their district headquarters, and hence people face problems.
He said, “Smaller districts make it easier for effective administration, management and control of law and order. Various states of the country have been ahead in creating new districts. Therefore, there was a demand to create new districts within the state.”
The new districts are Anupgarh, which was part of Ganganagar; Balotra (Barmer); Beawar (Ajmer); Kekri (Ajmer); Deeg (Bharatpur); Didwana-Kuchaman (Nagaur); Dudu (Jaipur); Gangapur City (Sawai Madhopur); Jaipur North; Jaipur South; Jodhpur East; Jodhpur West; Kotputli-Behror (Jaipur-Alwar); Khertal (Alwar); Neem Katha (Sikar); Phalodi (Jodhpur); Salumbar (Udaipur); Sanchore (Jalore); and Shahpura (Bhilwara).
In the past, several legislators have demanded that their towns be upgraded to districts. Congress MLA Madan Prajapat had announced to walk barefoot till Balotra is declared a new district by the state government.
Gehlot also announced an enhanced package of Rs 25 lakh for the Chiranjeevi Health Insurance Scheme starting from March 30. The limit of the first package was Rs 10 lakh per family.
Responding to the discussion on the budget, the Chief Minister said that it is the commitment of his government to provide effective, transparent and sensitive administration. He said that the State Government has implemented various public welfare schemes and there is a need to work with full sensitivity at the district level to take these schemes to every village and hamlet.
The Chief Minister also targeted the Center on the issue of Old Pension Scheme (OPS) and said, “The Prime Minister and the Finance Minister are opposing OPS but it will not stop and we will also approach the Supreme Court.”
Gehlot said, “OPS should be implemented across the country. Why is there partiality, the benefit of OPS is given to Army and Air Force but not to CRPF and others.”
“Even the Prime Minister has to take some decision on OPS before the (Lok Sabha) elections as employees are on strike at many places. The decision to return to OPS by the states has been taken on humanitarian grounds,” he said. ,
Criticizing the opposition BJP for terming the budget as misguided, Gehlot alleged that the BJP in Rajasthan was misleading the House and the public.
The Chief Minister said that this is the fifth budget of the government, in which there is no new tax. He said that the budget and schemes of the government have been appreciated by the people.
He also announced a 10 percent increase in the pension of state pensioners above the age of 75 years.
Pensioners above 80 years of age in the state get the benefit of increase in pension amount. Keeping in view the additional financial security, the government has decided to announce an additional allowance of 10 percent on the basic basis in the pension amount to the pensioners above the age of 75 years. years of age,” Gehlot said.
He announced to build a corridor in Jaipur’s Govinddev Ji Temple on the lines of Ujjain’s Mahakal and said that Rs 100 crore would be spent on this work.
The Chief Minister announced preparation of DPR for the development of famous temples like Pushkar, Tripura Sundari, Sanvaliyaji, Salasar, Khole ke Hanuman Mandir, Tanot Mata and Shrinathji.
The Speaker declared MLA Amin Khan as the best MLA of 2022 and Anita Bhadel as the best MLA of 2023. These MLAs will be honored on March 20.
Earlier, criticizing the state budget, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore said, ‘The government, which has been facing infighting for the last four years, has presented its last budget. to mislead.”