Jaipur, Dec 10: Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of completing two years in office has found an innovative way of assessing her popularity and ratings.
Raje, 62, now seen as a leader who thinks differently,has taken the lead in several policy initiatives, introduced labour reforms, deleted about 150 archaic laws from the books and reformed the wasteful subsidy system and pushed for local reforms.
Two years through her tenure, Raje this time is cautious. Not willing to meet the same fate as in 2008, when she was defeated by the Congress, Raje has taken it upon herself to asses her own popularity.
She has become a quiz master, asking a set of questions about the welfare schemes to her followers on her Facebook page.
With this new endeavour, she has perhaps become one of the first Chief Ministers to gauge the public mood and popularity by way of a quiz on social media.
Raje today uploaded a quiz on her Facebook page saying that even though the government has been making people aware about its various developmental and welfare schemes, she wants to take her interaction with her own people to another level through this quiz.
Three important questions relating to various schemes have been asked, the answers of which should reach the government by 8 pm, Dec 13. Her follower, who answers all correctly and gets the maximum number of likes, would be awarded by the state government.
Questions like 21.43 lakh revenue cases settled in 75 days. What is the name of the campaign?, What is the name of the scheme launched by the Rajasthan government on October 31 in 2015, What is the name of the scheme designed to cover 1,718 ailments- highest in the country? can now be seen on the Facebook page and her official webpage.
With more than 4,000 comments already answering the questions correctly. The answers are Sarkar Aapke Dwar, Annapur Bhandar Yojna and Arogya Rajasthan, Bhamashah Awasthya Bima Yojna but some of her followers are very pleased.
One of followers writes: “There are many schemes but no implementation. That is because the BJP workers who work on the ground, only know the names of the schemes but have no idea how to make use of these schemes for the benefit of the poor people. And that is only known to the bureaucrats who do not work and the schemes remain only on paper, in the files in the officers’ cabins.”
Sukhveer Singh Indouliya, operation excutive at Flipkart, another follower, is skeptical and writes: “Will you keep on asking question or try to root out unemployment. You have broken the dreams of many B.Ed passouts after you made 50% compulsory for teachers in the BA exams. You take back this decision or next time you will keep searching for votes.”
Raje, however, has a fan following of over 4,523,442 on her Facebook page. She is one of the regional leaders who has understood the power of social media. Her social media pages be it FB or Twitter are updated daily with complete her comments and pictures.
Raje joined the social media in July 2013, just a few months before the Assembly elections. It was to raise the various problems plaguing the desert state, her travels and findings during the Suraaj Sankalp Yatra.