In February last year, during the 2021-22 Budget Address at the Rajasthan Assembly, Chief Minister Ashok Jhelot announced that 2,500 “Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Mitras” would be selected across the state to spread awareness among the public about the state government’s welfare plans and address various people’s complaints with management.
But since its launch this month, the new congressional government internship program led by Gilot has sparked controversy after The alleged message was leaked on social media Beneficiaries of the scheme are required to create “fake” accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
While the Jhelot government described the letter as “fake”, it arrested the official named in the alleged letter and wrote to the police to file an FIR in the case, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which while ruling the state has consistently faced attacks from Congress for naming various government schemes after Sangh Parivar theorists such as Deendayal Upadhyaya were unwilling to forgo the opportunity to reciprocate.
Each party has their own ideas on how to run their store and spread them among the public. No one would have any objection if he did this at the party level. Gulab Chand Kataria, BJP leader and opposition leader in the state assembly, told the Indian Express that making the government as a mediator and using the public treasury to promote the party is not correct. Kataria charged that Gehlot’s Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Mitra training program was intended to serve a political purpose for Congress, which was currently dependent on outreach to the public to retain power in the 2023 General Assembly elections – not an easy feat in a state where it has traditionally been. The current government is voted on every five years.
As per the initial form of statement of purpose to be attached with the application form while applying for the internship program, the questions that the applicant must answer include “What are your thoughts on the various government schemes implemented by the Rajasthan government, and why? Would you like to join this programme, Introduction Brief on social work (if this is done), how can social media be used to spread awareness about the government scheme among the people, and what are your expectations from this training program?”
According to Om Prakash Bairwa, Director, Assistant Joint Secretary, Department of Economics and Statistics, the training is for six months and Rs 15,000 per month will be paid to those selected. He noted that following the budget announcement last year, the training program finally started this month. The interviews for the program were conducted in April of this year.
While the Jhelot government in recent years has had to contend with numerous protests from unemployed youth over pending appointments to vacant government positions, the organizations that led these protests do not appear to be affected by the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Mitra training programme.
“The training program is for recruiting government personnel. Why doesn’t the government instead honor its promise to provide 1,000 government jobs in vacant posts?” said Upen Yadav, President of Rajasthan Pirozgarh Ekikrut Mahasang (RBEM).
After the message that the government claimed was “fake” spread on social media on Thursday and the official in question was suspended, BJP chief Satish Punia taunted Jahlot, tweeting: “Kari Koy (Ashok Gilot), Bahari Koy (Karmshari), Ari!Gabrai Sarkar Ghazab Teri Lashri and Roy Janta Bashary (Someone does that [Ashok Gehlot]pay someone else [employees]Oh! The government is on your feet, your helplessness is unbelievable, and the public is crying).”