Ahmedabad: With the aim to reach out to the maximum possible people, the Gujarat government has launched the ‘Chalo Taluka’ campaign. After providing electricity to 18,000 villages through the Jyotigram project, the BJP government of Gujarat led by Narendra Modi started ‘Chalo Taluka’ campaign to create public service centres at Tehsil level to solve the various problems faced by people.

Aiming to realize Gandhi’s dream of Gram Swaraj, the program from July 22, 2011 to September 10, 2011 will develop Talukas at the root level and help the villagers in getting their grievances related to panchayat, social welfare, agriculture, district trade centre and revenue solved at the Tehsil level.

A team of 500 officers is involved in monitoring the work for 18 hours of the day at the Secretariat in Gandhinagar.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi flagged the program on the occasion of Gujarat Foundation Day celebrations on May 1. Modi government has allotted Rs 11,000 crore in budget 2011-12 for the purpose out of which Rs 600 crore will be spent in the current year.

According to Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, the project aims at decentralisation of governance at the ground level. She said, “The e-village service has been in existence in 13,650 villages out of 18,000 villages in the state that posses the capability to provide 140 types of facilities at the Tehsil level”.

However, the political players regard it as an appeasing measure in the light of the forthcoming Assembly elections in 2012.