Support during the times when floods struck Banaskantha
In 2017, the district of Banaskantha was hit by a severe flood that claimed the lives of more than 61 people. Banaskantha being the land where he envisioned ultimate growth, Shankar Chaudhary immediately sprung into action. He reached the affected area before the rescue teams and began the rescue operations through locally available resources.
Later when the rescue teams took over, he personally guided them and made sure that the relief materials reached not only to large urban centres, but also to every nook & corner of the affected areas. In this rescue operation, more than 1,13,000 people were evacuated to safety and more than 17,000 of them were rescued with the help of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), the Border Security Force(BSF), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
Driving the youth to a better tomorrow
The border areas of Banaskantha & Patan have always suffered from various social evils and illegal activities due to lack of educational infrastructure. Shankar Chaudhary took a lead in correcting this age old problem and organised multiple de-addiction camps. These camps worked as a guiding light for the youth and prevented them from going astray.
The Zero Point Initiative
The Wagah Border is on the itinerary of every local and international tourist that comes to India. The grand parade of the Border Security Force is a delight to look at.
Gujarat shares its border with the neighbouring country and major parts of the border passes through the states of Banaskantha & Kutch. Shankar Chaudhary looked at this as an opportunity and arranged various activities to awaken the patriotism within the people who visited the border frequently. He instigated the Zero Point Initiative in Gujarat similar to the ‘Seema Darshan’ at Wagah Border. This was a joint initiative by the Border Security Force & Gujarat Tourism. He made efforts and played a vital catalyst role in this initiative. His efforts helped build a strong connection between the people and the Indian Army so that they could become the ‘eyes and ears’ for the BSF.
Uplifting the rural economy
The citizens of villages, second and third tier cities have faced numerous hardships. Since Shankar Chaudhary had already passed through this difficult phase, he constantly worked on providing solutions to the problems they face.
He put in all his efforts to get the water of river Narmada to revive the barren lands of Banaskantha & Patan. He has worked not only for the upliftment of farmers, but also cattle breeders. He made latest agricultural techniques and tools available to them so that they can work with ease.
Banaskantha, which was once known only for production of milk, is now renowned for potato, pomegranate and groundnut farming as well. Such activities gave a boost to the rural economy and brought about prosperity in these regions.
Providing affordable healthcare
During his tenure as the Minister of State of Gujarat for Health & Family Welfare, Shankar Chaudhary facilitated the state with ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendra’. This initiative made generic and quality medicines available to all at affordable prices. With more than 400 functional Kendras in Gujarat, Shankar Chaudhary strived to make healthcare available to every sector of the society and created an awareness of maintaining good health among the citizens.
Giving back to the society
Shankar Chaudhary initiated multiple social and educational projects like Girls’ College, Girls’ Hostel, Primary School, PTC Colleges & Sainik School while he served as the President of Shree Vivekanand Vikas Mandal. The number of seats and admission allowances in medical colleges were increased. It was during his tenure that a project to set up a well-equipped medical hospital & college got an approval.
Bringing the change
The efforts of Shankar Chaudhary were not limited only to the rural economy and rural services but he also paid equal emphasis on prosperity and well-being of urban areas as well. During his tenure as the Minister of State for the Government of Gujarat, he initiated multiple projects of urban development. It was during his tenure that UNESCO declared Ahmedabad as India’s first World Heritage City. Under his guidance, the Metro Rail project of Ahmedabad was conceptualised and commissioned.