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On 23 October 1996, Shri Shankersinh Bapu was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat State. Then after Shri Bapu established expert governance which offered transparency in all sectors of administration to the public. For his revolutionary decisions, the people of Gujarat had given appreciation and welcomed all decisions. The Bapu government was referred as Bapu Ni Tanatan Sarkar.

For the inclusive growth of the state, he established “Gujarat Amista Sabha”, a special committee by scholars and experts from every sector and was headed by renowned scholar Sam Pitroda.

The following is list of key development of Shri Shankersinh Bapu ministry:

• First ever Government in Gujarat state who took efforts to be transparent and gave effective results to the public.
• Instead of being politicians, became real lokneta by making efforts to serve public in all right ways.
• Development such a transparent government to let people use RTI and thus made Gujarat to be first state in India to implement RTI use.
• First time ever in the state, developed such a system where public complains are solved immediately with effective accurate results.
• “Brain storming seminar” and “Gujarat Amista Sabha” was organized by the government which indeed directed development of Gujarat state in a rightful way. This was called as Bapu Ni Tanatan Sarkar.
• Become first state in India which gave 14 hours of electricity supply to farmer for agriculture instead of previously 10 hours supply.
• The government made efforts to supply electricity to those areas which were known as Dark Zone and this lead to increase in growth of agriculture sector.
• First time in the state, Bapu government gave free electricity supply to primary government schools and “Varigruh”.
• Under Kutir Jyoti Yojna, Bapu lead government made efforts to supply electricity to slums and make a motto to supply electricity to every single house.
• Development master plan for permanent water supply to every single house.
• To bring permanent solution for the scarcity of drinking water in the Saurashtra region, Bapu lead government laid down pipelines of Narmada water for the region.
• To solve the drinking water issues, Bapu lead government first time ever developed “Gujarat Water Development Authorities” which solved issues and supplied drinking water to every single house.
• For first time ever, A Land bank was formed under Bapu government which gave justice to refugees whose land was acquired for development of Narmada Yojna.
• Bapu government made the state to be leader in Industrial Investment of the country which encouraged more large sized industry to set up in the state.
• First time ever in the state, essential supply were given to the industry which leads to increase in the GDP of the State.
• First time a single window system began in INDEX-B which provided quick facilities available to set up businesses.
• First time the Bapu government developed an environment policy for the industries.
• For first time in the country, the state government announced 30% reservation for women in all Government, semi-government and government aided bodies in the state.
• The Bapu government made compulsory employment of 33% to be women employees in all government departments.
• For first time in the country where there is a woman sarpanch than there would be compulsory woman talati and woman development officer to be employed.
• The Bapu government took responsibility of more than 50000 unemployed youths and become successful in giving them employment.
• The Bapu government developed panel for providing skill development training to the existing workers and unemployed youths.
• For benefits of tribal areas Vocational training schools were established which helped them in rising the living standards.
• To compete with modern agriculture technology and research in the world, An Agriculture Research and Scientific panel was established which could be compared with Modern research of Israel.
• Established and developed such panel which directed and explained the farmers with modern research technology and its benefits in the agriculture.
• During the time of crisis and down graph prices of cotton, established “Bazaar Intervention” which helped and supported the farmers to tackle the situation.
• Supported the lower cast farmers with all essential supply of the agriculture which led to increase in the farming.
• For first time, “Tame tamaro check dam bandho” Novelty Yojna (નવતર યોજના) was implemented in the Saurashtra Region and the groundwater level was made to increase for the availability of water in the regions.
• Established “Gujarat Pattern” in all cooperative activities which led Gujarat to be leading in cooperative activities.
• “Veterinary and Animal Sciences University was established which made Gujarat to be number 1 in dairy cattle industries in the country.
• The Bapu government gave support to education reform proposal which benefited to Gujarat Education standards.
• For first time in the country, the state government gave free of cost books to the schools and increase the education standards of the state.
• Established panel to develop the tourism place of the state which increased better image of the state tourism.
• For first time in the country, the state government announced tourism as business which led to beautified image of state monuments and culture.
• For the first time, the Bapu’s government invited all former revenue ministers for the budget discussion meeting which noted to better development of the state.
• For the year 1997-98, the government provided the necessary annual budget funds to decrease the misuse of money.
• In year 1997-78, the annual budget was increased by three times to previous which increased better development of the state.
• Keeping in the priority of social development, total 33% of annual budget fund was allocated.
• With proper and skillful planning, the government led the state towards stable economic growth which maintained Income-expenditure ratio.
• Brain storming seminars were organized which resulted in best contributions from experts for improved development plans for the state.
• The Bapu led government for first time established Gujarat Amista Sabha.
• For keeping in mind of future, such development plans were established which can be useful in making state superior along with all modern facilities.
• For first time in the country, “Gujarat vision” was proposed for superior state development.
• Made approach to “Gujarat vision-2012” which was presented in all western states of the country.
• Made sure that during the seasons of agriculture, the farmers are supplied with minimum of 10 to 14 hours electricity for agriculture purposes.
• Decreased rates of electricity units from Rs. 600 to Rs. 500 those farmers using heavy duty motor for agriculture purposes.
• The state’s natural minerals were used for electricity generations.
• Lignite -fired power station unit were dedicated to people of Kutch pandhrov.
• Made new approach and removed barriers in land acquisition to let new public participation come up in the development of state.
• Government took responsibility to fulfill 100% pure drinking water supply to all villages in the state.
• Government took responsibilities to complete canals of Narmada Yojna with motto of as soon as possible with full swing.
• For growth of small industries, Rs. 1 lakh loan was given from Bankable Yojna.
• To cope up with fast growing modern business developments, the government had developed infrastructure facilities accordingly.
• Bapu inaugurated the Common Effluent treatment plant for air pollution in Ankleshwar, Gujarat.
• The first cabinet ministers’ meeting was held at Rajkot to prevent the feeling of injustice by people of Saurashtra Regions.
• The Bapu’s government had proper plans to break down the unemployment rate in the state.
• To hear the ground reality issues of people and build schemes accordingly, a program named “Jansanpark” was organized.
• To direct unemployed youth towards employment, programs were organized.
• 10 new ITI institutes were established and at taluka level mini ITI institutes were planned.
• Developed Gujarat to be number 1 not only at technological level but also at Agriculture research level also.
• Ancillary benefits of new technologies were made sure to reach agricultural crops farmer.
• The Bapu’s government finalized new modern agricultural policies for the state farmers.
• More than 10 check dam were build up in permanent drought affected areas to make sure that all year long water is available.
• “Summary procedure” was implemented into Gujarat Cooperative Societies Act.
• The Bapu’s government restarted Milk Dairy cultures and new small dairies were established in villages of the state.
• The government announced Gujarat Tourism Department to be formed.
• A special board was established to take care and develop all 6 holy places in the state.
• The Statue tax practice was made to stop in the state.
• The structural model of Palitana was announced to be developed.
• Development Committee of Palitana and Girnar was announced to be formed.
• To make internet availability in the state, the Bapu’s government played a major role.
• The government announced to form new beach resorts along the coast line.
• The government made all possible attempts to develop Surat Airport as National Airport.
• Universal and Radical changes were implemented to the state education system.
• Removed 5% reservation cap from education recruitment in the state.
• Made reforms in education system from primary to university making better difference from previous education system.
• According to Constitution law compulsory education was implemented in the state since June 1997.
• For the first time, pursing education in the English subject was made from fifth grade curriculum.
• For first time, from 1st to 7th standards in all government primary schools the book worth Rs. 70 Lakh was distributed for free of cost.
• Prohibit the practice of donations for first time in the state.
• For first time, the Bapu’s government gave Rs. 150 to every child for Uniform fees from 1st to 7th standard in all government primary schools of the state.
• The government took historical decision for building Ambetkar Bhavan in all districts of the state.
• The government provided financial help to those intelligent students willing to study abroad.
• For first time in the state, Remote Sensing and Communication Centre were established by the state government.
• Space science activity centre were established.
• The government took decision to convert residential house of Krantikari Shri Shyamji Verma into historical place.
• The government paid Rs. 1.60 crores as premium of accidental insurance schemes for 70 lakh unorganized labors.
• The state government supported to pay up to Rs. 1 lakh for Treatment of malignant diseases in the rural labors.
• “Sardar Patel Aawas Yojna” was established to provide jobs and accommodation to rural landless agricultural laborers and rural artisans.
• For first time in the state, “Gujarat Matikam Kalikari Board” was established.
• Under Kasturba Shelter Yojna (કસ્તુરબા આશ્રય યોજના) helpless, riradhara and disabled people were helped.
• For disabled persons, under Sudama Gaurv Yojna (સુદામા ગૌરવ યોજના) Rs.200 was given to them along with no barriers in government jobs recruitment and free from professional tax.
• Increase the amount of petition (Rs 400.) given to the window ladies which helped their children with extra Rs.80 support.
• The government established Gujarat Port Infrastructure Company to furnish the port businesses.
• Inspired private sector investments to be used in port development.
• Pipavav port was development under joint sector schemes by chief minister Shankersinh vaghela Bapu.
• For first time in the country, to develop ports an international contract was signed with foreign country.
• The government gave first priority to Law & Order and safety of citizens.
• To enhance the moral and self talent of police officers, the state government even gave prizes and medals to those who performed best and did special tasks.
• To give modern training and skills, the state government designed Police academy where officers were given special training.
• Special program were organized for reforming of Jails and necessary changes were implemented.
• To tackle with woman crimes, a special investigation unit was established for women.
• First police station of the country was build up in the Junagadh city.
• Compulsory 33% woman employee should be employed of total number in all government jobs.
• For security of women in the state, special Woman Security Committee was established.
• Under “aapni beti aapni Dan” Yojna (અપની બેટી અપના ધન યોજના ) was implemented in the state, Sum of Rs. 500 to mother and Sum of Rs. 2500 to new girl baby were given at the time of baby born.
• Under “Manav Garima Yojna (માનવ ગરિમા યોજના), the women were funded sum of Rs.2500 for purchase of stitching machines.
• For the women of the state, Guidance Centre were established to help them development and establish own image in the society.
• Total of 1 lakh people were given jobs under relief works and minimum wages were increased to Rs.18 at the time.
• Formed a high-level task force committee for effective governance
• For the employees, the departmental audit was made to be effective and speedy.
• For tender of above Rs.50 lakh purchase, a special authorized committees were formed which showed transparency approval.
• Living under poverty line people were supported with sum of Rs. 1 lakh for medical treatments.
• Make necessary changes to public distribution system for Ration card Holders which help them to essential supplies for living along with supply or kerosene with ease and on time.
• Quick Ration card Yojna (ત્વરિત રેશન કાર્ડ યોજના) was implemented in the state to let people get ration card soonest possible.
• Under the Integrated Rural Development Program (સંકલિત ગ્રામ વિકાસ કાર્યક્રમ), 33 thousand families were supported with sum of Rs. 19.93 crores.
• Under “Indira Aawas Yojna” 14,197 houses were build up.
• For development of Rann of Kutch total sum of Rs. 16.49 crores were allocated.
• For first time in the state, “Adarsh Gram Yojna” was implemented by the Bapu government.
• For development of Tribal communities sum of Rs. 790 crores were allocated.
• Established primary health care center for tribal areas with population of around 20 thousand persons.
• Allocated free of cost house plots to more than 3000 OBC farm labors.
• Developed new projects for environmental studies in the state forest areas.
• For tribes of western parts, new 64 vehicles were allocated for facilities and usage in health care centre of the areas.
• Special provision of sum of Rs. 5 crores were allocated for development of Dang tribes.
• The Bapu government implemented “રેનબસેરા યોજના” and tribal people were supported for stay that came for working in the construction sites in the major cities of the state.
• Working Women Hostel were established with free of cost stay for helping and supporting tribal women who worked in the state.
• To help and support students of Secondary and Higher Secondary board 10 Dry Hostel were established and sum of Rs. 500 allowance was given to college students for Mess bills,
• Support intelligent students of M.phil and PhD with scholarship.
• Supported and helped students of Medical and Engineering with sum of Rs.1000 to purchase essential instruments for study purpose.
• The government organized certain programs for welfare of tribal communities.
• The province fund of Component schemes for scheduled caster people was increase to 164 crores.
• The government gave nod to building of 20 new schools, 5 ashram schools, 2 new government schools, 20 BAL vatika centers along with renovation of 3 old government schools.
• The government even gave nod to building of 5 ashram schools, 30 new schools, 3 government schools and 50 BAL vatika centers for developing communities.
• Sum of Rs. 938 crores scholarship was allocated for around 5, 61,462 number of students of developing communities of the state.
• 400 new ST luxury buses were made to run.
• The Bapu led government had achievement of 100% target reach in Polio Vaccination campaign in the state.
• The budget amounting of Rs. 220 crores was allocated for health services.
• The group of 185 health centers, 958 primary health centers and 7284 sub health centers was established in the internal rural areas of the state.

• Around 10 lakh pregnant women were gifted with Safe delivery Kits.
• For new 62 community health centers, round of 1200 staff quarters were build up and government had made ambitious plans for building 2500 new Sub-centers health centers.
• The government took measures to improve the level of medical services at Gujarat Civil Hospital and all government hospitals.
• For effective journalism, training and promotions, the government established Press Academy for media people.
• The government expanded the awards schemes for journalism.
• The government even gave 100% tax exemption to Gujarati Films.
• The Bapu government made simple entertainment tax systems.
• For first time in the country, the turnover tax was eliminated from the state.
• For first time, the budget of Sardar Sarovar Project was increase to Rs. 945 crores.
• The government gave massive granted on building of new 200 gram panchayants house in the state.
• For first time in the state, the process of computerization was implemented in the 6 District Treasury Offices of the state.

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