Rajasthan CM Bhajanlal Sharma sets on ‘Revdi’ course correction

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Rajasthan is said to have added a fresh debt of Rs 26008 crores this year. Rajasthan already had a debt of Rs 5,16,815 crores in the financial year 2022-23.

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, December 23: In a significant decision, Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma has given an order to stop work order on decisions taken by the previous Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in the state. Sharma has also given an order to the Finance department that all decisions of the Gehlot government taken just ahead of the Assembly elections will be reviewed.

The decision of Sharma has come after he along with Deputy Chief Ministers of the state, Diya Kumari and Prem Chand Bairwa, had called on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Thursday. After taking oath, Bairwa had told reporters that the the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Rajasthan Assembly elections showed that the people had rejected ‘Revdi politics’.

Sharma after taking the meeting with the officials of the finance department ordered that all such works which are still at the tendering stages be stopped forthwith until they are reviewed by the concerned ministers of the departments. Local reports stated that the order of Sharma will forthwith stop tendering process of projects which were sanctioned by the Gehlot government just ahead of the Assembly elections.

The local media reports have linked the order of CM Sharma to the concerns of the conomists of the mounting debt of Rajasthan. It has also been stated that the newly-elected BJP government in Rajasthan will now review the necessities of the projects and decisions taken by the Gehlot government. It may be recalled that the Gehlot government had taken a number of populist decisions just ahead of the elections. They included the likes of Rs 10000 each year to every women in Rajasthan, and the LPG subsidy at Rs 500 per cylinder. PM Modi had slammed the Gehlot government for ‘Revdi politics’.

Rajasthan is said to have added a fresh debt of Rs 26008 crores this year. Rajasthan already had a debt of Rs 5,16,815 crores in the financial year 2022-23. The economists have warned that Rajasthan’s own revenue is not matching with the expenditures being committed for populist measures. It is worthwhile to recall that the Gehlot government had also taken the decision to restore the Old Pension Scheme for close to six lakh employees of the state government. However, it’s not yet known if the BJP government in Rajasthan will reverse the decision of the Gehlot government of restoring the Old Pension Scheme.   

Modi had sought to build a narrative against ‘Revdi politics’ after the Reserve Bank of India in its report on the state of finances of the states had warned against populist practices. The Modi government had also held two brainstorming sessions with the senior officials of the state governments on the needs to shun populism in governance in the wake of the RBI report.  

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