Vasundhara Raje govt has wasted 6 months just on review meets: Ashok Gehlot

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday attacked the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in the state, saying it had "wasted" six months only on "endless review meetings" and not done any welfare work.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 23, 2014, 22:07 PM IST

Jaipur: Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday attacked the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in the state, saying it had "wasted" six months only on "endless review meetings" and not done any welfare work.

"In the last six months of the new BJP government, the law and order situation deteriorated. There was poor governance and sheer wastage of time on holding review meetings," Gehlot told reporters at the PCC office here after an event.
On Raje government`s ten-day visit to Bikaner as part of "Sarakar apke dwar" (government at your door) programme, Gehlot said in the era of information technology, such meetings could be held through video-conferencing from the secretariat itself and governance could be monitored very well, he said.

"It appears that the Raje government got tired or sick of sitting in Jaipur and so decided to go on tour first in Bharatpur and now in Bikaner division," Gehlto said.

"By holding just review meeting...Endless review meetings, the BJP government has left public welfare schemes and her Chief Secretary is acting as the Chief Minister," Gehlot said.

"Laws like Lok Seva Guarantee Act, RTI, Right to Hearing Act are still available in the state. The BJP government could use and allow public to avail such facilities, instead of it walking up to the division level to ensure delivery mechanism," Gehlot said.
Raje government was claiming that no public welfare scheme initiated by his Congress government was stopped, but the dilly-dally practice of the new government is causing serious concerns for the health sector, old-age pension and public distribution system, Gehlot said.

On his popular scheme of free medicines at the government-run hospitals, Gehlot alleged the patients were walking from pillar to post to get medicines.

On rising prices of vegetables, hike in rail and bus fares, Gehlot said, "the BJP government at the Centre and in the state had made tall promises, what happened now, why they could not control inflation."

About the Pradesh Congress Committee`s divisional meetings being held in the state, Gehlot said, "off course there are some resentment in leaders and workers, but it would be sorted out...And this was a healthy sign in political democracy."