Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department
A MLA of Jaitaran, Pali, Surendra Goyal was made the minister in the second round in 2014. A steady worker, his Cabinet rank proves his importance in the party. He has been a five time MLA and a minister of state for agriculture in Vasundhara Raje’s previous regime.
A pos graduate, he has a M.Com degree and cleared his LLB in 1981 from Jainarayan Vyas University in Jodhpur
Under him, the panchayat polls were fought in January 2015 under the shadow of two unique and exclusive ordinance –that of necessary educational qualifications and mandatory toilets for those contesting panchayat polls. There were many protests but the government’s firm stand on the issues saw Rajasthan go ahead and become one of the first states to implement these rules.