A DAY after the Rajasthan High Court refused to intervene in the ongoing panchayat polls and stay the recent ordinance fixing minimum educational qualification for contesting the polls, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Friday lauded the decision. Addressing a huge gathering of international representatives at the CII Partnership Summit, Raje said ‘rules such as mandatory construction of toilets and minimum educational qualifications have far-reaching implications.
“Over the past one year, two lakh toilets were made in the state but after the state government made it mandatory to have a toilet at home to contest the panchayat polls, this figure stands at six lakh in a matter of a month. This decision has given a major boost to the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission,” said Raje.
On December 8, the state government had issued a directive making it mandatory to have a toilet at home to contest the panchayat polls. Since the decision, hopeful candidates started constructing toilets.
According to a rough estimate, around seven lakh candidates are expected to be in the fray. Of them approximately four lakh had to rush to meet the directive. The state has 1,013 zila parishad members, 5,273 panchayat samiti members, 9,889 sarpanch and 1,20,674 ward panch adding up to 1,36,849 elected representatives.