On October 23, 1996; Shree Shankersinh Vaghela sworn in as the sixteenth Chief Minister of Gujarat with the support of Congress Party. His expert governance offered transparency in all sectors of administration. His revolutionary decisions were welcomed by the people of Gujarat. For the inclusive growth of the state, he invited scholars and experts from every sector to form a special committee ‘Gujarat Asmita Sabah’ which was then headed by renowned scholar Shree Sam Pitroda.
In an historic decision, he introduced new divisions and subdivisions for districts and taluka in Gujarat. For the welfare of common man, he offered a great number of jobs to the youngsters under various schemes- mainly in the filed of industrial security force three lakh youngsters benefited. He also appointed vast number of assistant teachers, specially appointed women as revenue officers, helped in creating primary facilities like water and electricity supply for the deprived and released special grants to introduce science stream at schools situated in remote villages. The farmers of Gujarat were provided with ‘Khedut Pothi’(Farmer’s Diary)- a document showing the land one possessed that helped the farmer to establish his identity readily at government offices. Tribals were given the right to cultivate the land they possessed. Gujarat became the first state to do so.
His keen interest in art and literature inspired him to offer extraordinary help to such institutions including a help of Rs. 18 crore to Gujarati Vishwakosh (Encyclopedia) and Rs. 51 lakh to Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
By introducing ‘Lokdarbar’ (People’s Court), a unique initiative, he successfully experimented with a model resembling to a fast-track court by solving problems of common men on the spot.