Ashok Gehlot’s election-bound Rajasthan focused on anti-inflation initiatives, such as Mehngai Rahat Camps, to combat rising prices. These centers are crucial for voter resentment and are part of a grand welfare outreach. Babu Lal Bairwa, a contractual worker from Mahapura panchayat, now has a plastic carrier full of guarantee cards in his family’s signature yellow and pink colors. The government is moving on to the free mobile plan, which provides 1.33 crore women with free phones and internet access. The Gehlot government’s welfare programs are marketed with the slogan “Bachat, Rahat, Badhat” and aim to instill a fighting spirit in Congress ahead of the highly charged election campaign.
Under Mehngai Rahat, People are awaiting cellphones after receiving gas, power, and pensions
The government is now implementing the free mobile plan, which gives 1.33 crore women access to free phones and the internet. Everyone is speculating about the potential of women’s mobile phones.
Collection of playing cards
A slew of cards in various colors is the topic of all the talk in Ashok Gehlot’s election-bound Rajasthan. How well you can fend off the skyrocketing tomato, onion, and potato prices depends on how many cards you have.
CM Gehlot’s latest anti-inflation initiative
Babu Lal Bairwa, 50, a contractual worker from Mahapura panchayat in Jaipur, now has a plastic carrier full of guarantee cards in the family’s signature yellow and pink colors safely stored in a sandook (safe) along with other valuables and papers.
Three months ago, Gehlot’s latest anti-inflation initiative, Mehngai Rahat Camps (inflation relief centers), got underway in Bairwa’s village of Mahapura. The centers are a crucial election campaign tool to quell potential voter resentment over price increases. Before the Rajasthan assembly elections later this year, the cards are part of a bouquet of ambitious, extravagant welfare outreach.
Although all of his daughter’s friends have enrollment in private schools, Babu Lal is unsure how the six guarantee cards will help him get out of debt or enroll his daughter there. He had already abandoned his plans to rebuild the house due to the crippling inflation.
When a series of inflationary spikes struck him, he had just finished building the front of the house with his life savings and the loan he got. Covid’s loss of employment came first, followed by an increase in fuel prices, and now the price of essential vegetables remains on the rise.
The relief with Ashok Gehlot’s schemes
The cards did provide some short-term relief for Babu Lal. He can reduce electricity costs by at least one thousand rupees in the previous two months. His monthly salary of Rs 12,000 now includes it. “We haven’t filled the gas cylinder yet. If we get it filled again, we’ll save an additional Rs. 500,” Babu Lal calculated.
Babu Lal gathered the cards from one of Gehlot’s widely publicized Mehangai Rahat camps to fight inflation. Between 24 April and 30 June, up to 3,000 camps all over Rajasthan, from Jaipur to Kota to Kotputli, to assist thousands of consumers in enrolling in the Gehlot government’s ten main welfare programs.
Numerous recipients and millions of optimism
The entire state apparatus experienced enlisted, including village chiefs, BDOs, SDMs, and DMs, with representatives from various departments. The programs appeared in Gehlot’s large-scale budget, which was the final one he presented before the elections. A marketing blitzkrieg with the slogan “Bachat, Rahat, Badhat” (Savings, Relief, Prosperity) followed. Advertisements in newspapers, hoardings, and social media campaigns featured a happy Gehlot.
There was a clear directive from the top:
# The programs had to get to the recipients with the least hassle and red tape. There were no middlemen at the camps, to other government programs, according to DesignBoxed, the company that organized and integrated the program.
# The instillation of a fighting spirit in the Congress cadre ahead of what will prove to be a highly charged election campaign is a secondary but no less significant goal.
Gehlot’s gift for the state under various schemes
Rajasthan’s palaces, lakes, and camels are now as well-known as Gehlot’s smiling photos and billboards. He appears everywhere, from billboards that line highways to the fronts of government buildings, from banners that span tea shops and kirana shops to posters that hang over bridges and railway stations.
The government is moving on to the free mobile distribution scheme, that aims to provide 1.33 crore women with free phones and internet access.
The guarantee cards that beneficiaries are carrying can be confusing at times. The panchayat samiti informs them that they received immediate relief in electricity and gas cylinder subsidies and that these cards will provide indirect benefits. But what has everyone talking about is the potential of mobile phones for women.
Five women from the Bairwa and Meena communities in Tonk district’s Niwai Tehsil talk about their plans to use the internet while they anticipate their buffaloes back from feeding. The conversation quickly degenerates into a contest over who has the most cards. The most evidence of Gehlot’s generosity is the cards.