Shri Shankersinh Vaghela is current leader of Opposition in 13th Gujarat Legislative Assembly.
Shri Shankersinh Bapu has served as a Member of Parliament after being elected to 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha elections. He was also elected as Member of Rajya Sabha from 1984 to 1989. During 14th Lok Sabha, he was elected as MP and served as Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles till 2009, in the first tenure of Dr.Manmohan Singh Ministry. And currently he represents the Kapadvanj Constituency in the 13th Gujarat Legislative Assembly.
As Chief Minister of Gujarat
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:
- Development such a transparent government to let people use RTI and thus made Gujarat to be first state in India to implement RTI use.
- 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”.
- 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 in the country, the state government announced 30% reservation for women in all Government, semi-government and government aided bodies in the state.
- 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.
- 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.
- “Veterinary and Animal Sciences University was established which brough Gujarat to number 1 in dairy cattle industries in the country.
- Keeping in the priority of social development, total 33% of annual budget fund was allocated.
- For growth of small industries, Rs. 1 lakh loan was given from Bankable Yojna.
- The Statue tax practice was made to stop in the state.
- Removed 5% reservation cap from education recruitment in the state
- According to Constitution law compulsory education was implemented in the state since June 1997.
- 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.
- 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 state government supported to pay up to Rs. 1 lakh for Treatment of malignant diseases in the rural labors.
- The government paid Rs. 1.60 crores as premium of accidental insurance schemes for 70 lakh unorganized 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.
- The government established Gujarat Port Infrastructure Company to furnish the port businesses.
- 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.
- Quick Ration card Yojna (ત્વરિત રેશન કાર્ડ યોજના) was implemented in the state to let people get ration card soonest possible.
- Under “Indira Aawas Yojna” 14,197 houses were build up.
- For first time in the state, “Adarsh Gram Yojna” was implemented by the Bapu government.
- 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,
- Supported 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 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.
- 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.
- For effective journalism, training and promotions, the government established Press Academy for media people.
- The government even gave 100% tax exemption to Gujarati Films.
- 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.
As Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles
In During 14th Lok Sabha, Shri Shankersinh Vaghela Bapu won the election from Kapadvanj constituency and served as Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles till 2009,under the UPA-I Govt. Between 2004 and 2009, the textile industry of India went under remarkable transformations under his governance. The following are list of key transformations:
- For the Textile Industries, he removed the CENVAT, as a result, India entered a zero excise regime and textile sector took–off.
- The investment increased significantly in the textiles sector. The investment in the textiles and clothing sector increased from Rs 7,941 crores in year 2004-05 to Rs. 19,308 crores in year 2007-08.
- The textile industry which was growing at 3-4 percent during the last six decades got accelerated to an annual growth rate of 16 percent in value term.
- The Textile exports increased from US$ 14 billion in year 2004-05 to US$22.13 billion in year 2007-08.
- The Scheme for Integrated Textiles Parks (SITP) was launched in July 2005 to strengthen infrastructural facilities in potential growth areas. During the tenure, 40 integrated textiles park were sanctioned which attracted an investment of Rs 21,502 crores which provided employment to over 9.08 Lakh workers and produce goods worth Rs. 38,115 crores, annually.
- With focused support to cotton growers, the cotton productivity jumped from 399kg. /hectare in year 2003-04 to 591kg./hectare in the year 2008-09. Alongside the cotton export increased from 9.14 lakh bales in year 2004-2005 to 50 lakh bales in the year 2008-09 (report accounted till 16.10.2008).
- The first ever “Tex-Summit 2007” was organized from 31st August -1st September 2007.
- During his tenure, The National Jute Policy was announced on 15th April 2005. The Jute technology Mission with an estimated cost of Rs. 355 crores was launched in February 2007.
- The National Jute Manufacturing Corporation (NJMC) was revived by the textile ministry with running three of its Jute mills (Kinnison, Khardah and RBHM Katihar).
- The Health Insurance Scheme for Handloom Weaver and The Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana was launched on 3rd November 2005 and 2nd October 2005 respectively. Both schemes with XI year plan period were merged under Handloom Weavers Comprehensive Welfare Scheme.