In an election year, Rajasthan’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot added three new divisions and 19 new districts.
On Friday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan announced that his administration will be creating 19 new districts and 3 new divisions in the state, allocating 2,000 crore for the development of infrastructure in these areas.
New districts are being created in the state for the first time since 2008, bringing the total number of districts to 50.
The Rajasthan legislature, where Gehlot made the news, later unanimously approved the state budget for the fiscal year 2023-24.
He mentioned that a powerful committee was established to investigate the creation of additional districts, and that its findings had been submitted to the state administration. The state’s finance minister announced his plan to create 19 additional districts as part of Budget talks.
He announced that Banswara, Pali, and Sikar would be the sites of the three new divisions.
He suggested allocating 2,000 crore (about $2.8 billion) for the first stage of implementing infrastructure and human resource development in the new districts and divisions.
After 15 years, new districts are being established. Pratapgarh was officially designated as a district in 2008 under the leadership of then-chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
Despite being the largest state in India, certain communities in Rajasthan are more than 100 kilometres from their district offices, creating hardships for residents, according to Gehlot.
“When divided into smaller districts, law enforcement and government officials can more easily exert their authority and make decisions on behalf of the public. New districts have been formed in some states ahead of the rest of the country. This necessitated the creation of additional districts inside the state “In his words.
Previously part of Ganganagar, Anoopgarh is now its own district alongside Balotra (Barmer), Beawar (Ajmer), Kekri (Ajmer), Deeg (Bharatpur), Deedwana-Kuchaman (Nagaur), Dudu (Jaipur), Gangapur City (Sawai Madhopur), Jaipur North, Jaipur South, Jodhpur East, Jodhpur West, Kotputli- (Bhilwara).