Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Government to Provide Free Electricity to Farmers, Promises CM Vasundhara Raje
File Image of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje | (Photo Credits: PTI)

Jaipur, October 6: The Rajasthan government has launched a scheme to provide free electricity to farmers having general category connections, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said Saturday. Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018 Full Schedule And Dates: Single-Phase Voting on December 7, Results on December 11.

Addressing a public rally on the culmination of her Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra, the chief minister said the scheme launched on Friday would help increase the income of farmers. Assembly Elections 2018 Full Schedule Announced By EC: Dates For Voting And Results In Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana And Mizoram.

"I want to announce that the government yesterday had started a scheme of free electricity for all farmers in rural areas having electricity connection in general category for specific limit," she said. Sachin Pilot Calls Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje 'a Lioness' But Says 'Her Biggest Hunt Is Farmers'.

Raje said the electricity infrastructure in the state was in bad shape when she came to power, adding that the government turned the situation around by infusing nearly Rs 40,000 crore.

She said currently, domestic power was available for 20-22 hours a day.

"We want the farmers to get free electricity to some extent so that they their income can increase," Raje said.

She also announced that the state government was working on the Rs 37,000 crore "Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project" (ERCP) to address the water-related issues of the region.

Taking the stage after Raje's address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was evaluating the issues of the ERCP and a decision would be taken soon.

The project will provide water for drinking and irrigation purposes to 13 districts in eastern Rajasthan.

Modi said ever since the Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojna (IGNP), Rajasthan had not laid foundation of any other irrigation project.

He lauded the developmental work carried out by Chief Minister Raje, saying the BJP government in the state had worked hard to electrify 13 lakh villages, ensure housing for all and implement strict laws against crimes like rape.

"It takes courage to reach out to people to get a report card of the works done in five years," the prime minister said referring to Raje's yatra.

Talking about the politics of Rajasthan, the PM said the state was all set to break the political tradition where people opted for a change every five years.

In Rajasthan, people used to alternately vote the BJP and the Congress to power every five years. This time, the ruling BJP has exuded confidence that the party would retain power in the upcoming Assembly polls in the state.

"Rajasthan is going to change the tradition this time and 'pandits' sitting in Delhi would not get to know about this," Modi said while addressing the rally at the Kayad Vishram Sthali near Ajmer city.

He asked party workers to strengthen their booth management, saying booths won meant elections won.

Modi recalled his days when he used to work for the RSS with the present state president of the party, Madan Lal Saini. He surprised people by greeting them in the local dialect.

"Sab log athe atri Ghani Sankhya me padharya, aau dekh mharao khoob jee soro ho. Sagla ne mharo ghano ghano naman (You came here in large number, seeing this, I feel happy. I greet you all)," the prime minister said. The rally ended shortly before the Election Commission's press conference in Delhi announcing the polling dates for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana.