Jaipur, Sep 28 (UNI) In a bid to expedite the process for economic status based reservation benefits for poor and needy people of higher castes,the Rajasthan Govenrment has decided to reduce to six months the term of the Shashikant Sharma Commission constituted for the purpose, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said here today.
Speaking at the national convention of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha Ms Vasundhara Raje said that initially the state government had fixed a three-year term for the commission for working on the process for identification of needy groups and other modalities and criteria for the purpose.
However, later in a bid to expedite the process the government had conveyed to the commission that it should try to work in a way to prepare its proposals and recommendations for forwarding to the Centre, by next six months.
Ms Raje said that her government and ruling BJP was of the view that all needy strata of society should get equal benefits of the government's policies and accordingly her government was functioning.
She said that the government had accorded top priority to the provision of livelihood to youths and unemployed people and a Livelihood Mission had been set up for the purpose.
She said that her government had provided job opporutnuities to over 8 lakh people during the past four years and would provide such opportunities to additional 2 lakh people by next one year.
She said that road network strengthening, drinking water and power supply were other areas of higher priority for her government.