Continuing his efforts to project his government’s welfare schemes as the main poll plank for the upcoming Assembly elections, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Friday announced a video contest, wherein total monetary prizes worth Rs 2.75 lakh will be awarded daily.
As part of the ‘Jan Samman Video Contest’, the videos are to be made on the various schemes of the Rajasthan government, with special emphasis on the 10 flagship schemes for which registration is being done since April at Mahangai Rahat (inflation relief) camps across the state.
To be a part of the contest, after making videos between the length of 30 and 120 seconds, the people will have to upload them on at least two social media platforms with the hashtag #JanSammanJaiRajasthan and thereafter submit the links for these social media posts on the government website jansamman.rajasthan.gov.in. A person can make videos on one or more schemes, said the government through a video on Friday.
“After the success of the Mahangai Rahat camps, around 1.8 crore families have registered themselves and I have travelled around 10,000 kilometres. This video contest will connect the public and prizes are being given out so that youngsters can also make the videos. The objective is to ensure that the remaining 15 lakh families are also connected through this initiative,” said Gehlot in a video statement on Friday.
Gehlot added that apart from the 10 schemes under the Mahangai Rahat camps, people can also make videos on other government schemes.
The 10 schemes which beneficiaries can avail of easily via the inflation relief camps are gas cylinders for Rs 500; 100 units of electricity free per month for domestic consumers; 2,000 units of electricity free per month for agricultural consumers; Annapurna food packets for NFSA beneficiaries; additional employment of 25 days under the MNREGS; along with additional employment of 100 days for special groups, opportunity to work for 125 days a year under the Indira Gandhi Shahari Rozgar Guarantee Yojana; minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month and increase of 15 per cent every year under the Social Security Pension Scheme; increased limit of Rs 25 lakh under the Mukhyamantri Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana and increased amount of Rs 10 lakh for accidental insurance; and insurance cover of Rs 40,000 per cattle for two milch cattle under the Mukhyamantri Kamdhenu Pashu Bima Yojana.
“As a result of the videos, the information about the schemes will reach more and more people with the state’s public benefiting from it. The confidence of students will also increase. I feel that this contest is of great significance. I hope that you will pick up your mobiles, make videos and send them so that you get the chance to win prizes,” said Gehlot.
In the same video, the government said that while the daily first prize under the contest is of Rs 1 lakh, the second and third prize are of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. In addition, 100 prerna puraskars (encouragement awards) worth Rs 1,000 each will also be announced daily.
The latest announcement comes as a part of a consistent campaign by Gehlot to market his government’s welfare schemes and use them as his biggest poll plank before the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections.