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CM Rupani completes one month in the Office: Important decisions & initiatives taken under his leadership

Since Mr. Vijay Rupani took charge as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat on August 7, 2016, he has sincerely taken forward the growth story of Gujarat. He has firmly laid foundation of four pillars of Gujarat’s Good Governance in the form of Transparent Government, Sensitive Government, Decisive Government and Progressive Government.

Following Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s call of ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas’, CM Rupani has given priority to inclusive development, with focus on welfare of all sections of the society. He has continued the legacy of Shri Modi by emphasizing on growth of agriculture, industry and service sector, simplifying government procedures and enhancing infrastructure facilities. CM Rupani has also given equal importance to health, education and employment of one and all across the state.

On the occasion of completing one month in office on September 7, 2016, CM Rupani has launched a significant project of connecting 6000 villages of Gujarat with high-speed internet connectivity. This initiative promises to take the benefits of technology to the last man and in turn ensure better lives for people living in villages. This clearly reflects CM Rupani’scommitment to contribute in realising PM Modi’s vision of Digital India.

Important decisions and initiatives by CM Rupani in one month:

End to water woes of Saurashtra through launch of SAUNI Yojana:

-The first phase of SAUNI Yojana was launched by PM Shri Narendra Modi connecting as many as 10 dams of Saurashtra with Narmada waters.

-This project envisages laying of 1,126 km-long network of pipelines for pumping water to 115 dams of semi-arid Saurashtra. CM Rupani has committed to take forward the work of SAUNI Yojana on priority basis.

Major reforms in construction sector:

-Land under approved town planning schemes across the state will not need Non-Agriculture (NA) certification now onwards.

-Gujarat Government has decided to exempt the individual plot owners, who want to build their houses upto less than 125 sqmts, from seeking prior approval for construction.

-Gujarat Government has announced to implement uniform performance and administrative regulations in constructions norms in municipalities across the state.

-One common form will be required for seeking commercial or residential construction permission in areas under all civic bodies. Application forms, licenses for architects and engineers, norms for rain water harvesting, grey water recycling, fire safety and waste disposal will now be uniform across all cities and local civic bodies

Opportunities galore for youth in State Government jobs:

– GPSC to hold exams every two years for recruitment in class-1 and class-2 with an aim to provide more opportunities to youths of state.

– Existing ratio of 10% waiting list in class-3 direct recruitment has been scaled up to 20%. With this, if direct recruited employee leaves the job within one year for any reason, the vacant seat will be allowed to be filled through waiting list of candidates of same category.

Road to the success of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017:

-As many as 20 MoUs signed in ‘Cinematic Tourism – The Way Forward’ seminar as part of pre-event series of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017. The MoUs signed include development of theme park, amusement park, hotel, ropeway project, tourism in Polo, post production studio, miniature project Adalaj, water park project, floating restaurant, etc. Another seminar on Agro and Food Processing also organised as part of Vibrant Gujarat pre-event series.

-Ambassador of Poland in India and British High Commissioner in India paid visit to CM Rupani and confirmed participation as partner country in Vibrant Gujarat 2017.

Sensitive approach:

-State government formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the Thangadh firing incident of 2012. The government also decided to form a special designated court and appoint a special public prosecutor to expedite the case. An additional Rs 2 lakh compensation also announced to the nearest kin of each of the victims over and above what was given earlier.

-Following below average rainfall in Saurashtra, state government decided to provide electricity for irrigation-water for up to 10 hours instead of 8 hours to the farmers.

-As an important step to abolish child labour, a month-long statewide campaign launched to spread awareness among the people about the evils of child labour.

Other important achievements, decisions and initiatives:

-Seventh pay commission recommendations accepted and implemented by state government from August 1, 2016, while for pensioners, it will be implemented from October 1, 2016. Over 8 lakh employees and pensioners to benefit from this decision.

-Gujarat government waived toll tax for smaller vehicles including, auto-rickshaws, cars and state transport buses on 12 state highways from August 15.

-With a view to boost regional connectivity, Gujarat government signed MoU with the Ministry of Civil Aviation under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). As a result, unserved/underserved airports of Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Jamnagar, Surat, Porbandar, Mehsana, Mandvi, Amreli, Kandla, Keshod and Deesa, will be developed.

-Gujarat became the fastest state in country to distribute 2 croreLED bulbs in the country in about 90 days benefitting 42 lakh households.

-Over 6 lakh farmers of the state were paid Rs 1795 crore against insurance claims made for Kharif crops in 2015 season.

-State government has expressed commitment to sincerely address the issues of land measurement in benefit of the people.

-With the motto of Good Governance through e-Governance, dedicated Twitter and Facebook accounts of Chief Minister’s Office have been initiated. This gives people the opportunity to connect directly and be informed about the functioning of the government.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat