Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced on Friday his government’s decision to create 19 new districts and three new divisions in the state, with Rs 2,000 crore allocated for infrastructure development.
Since 2008, this is the first time that new districts are being established, bringing the total number of districts in the state to 50.
Gehlot made the announcement in the Rajasthan assembly, which also approved the budget for 2023-24 by voice vote.
“In this way, the state will now have 19 new districts,” the chief minister said during a discussion on the Budget. Additionally, he said a high-level committee was formed to study the formation of new districts and the state government has received a report.
The three new divisions will be in Banswara, Pali and Sikar, he said.
For the new districts and divisions, he proposed a budget of Rs 2,000 crore for the first phase of implementation of infrastructure and human resource development.
Rajasthan is the largest state in the country, and some areas are more than 100 kilometres from the district headquarters, causing problems, according to Gehlot.
“Small districts lead to effective administration, management, and control over law and order gets easy. Various states in the country have been ahead in forming new districts. So, there was a demand within the state to make new districts,” he said.
The new districts are Anoopgarh, which was part of Ganganagar; Balotra (Barmer); Beawar (Ajmer); Kekri (Ajmer); Deeg (Bharatpur); Deedwana-Kuchaman (Nagaur); Dudu (Jaipur); Gangapur City (Sawai Madhopur); Jaipur North; Jaipur South; Jodhpur East; Jodhpur West; Kotputli-Behror (Jaipur-Alwar); Khertal (Alwar); Neem kaThana (Sikar); Phalodi (Jodhpur); Salumber (Udaipur); Sanchore (Jalore); and Shahpura (Bhilwara).