Rajasthan will have Assembly Elections next year and CM Gehlot Government is preparing a roadmap to uphold a strong election campaign. Rajasthan Budget for 2022-23 was tabled yesterday in the Vidhan Sabha and it brought up several promises for welfare of state. The primary attraction was job guarantee scheme for urban areas and free electricity up to 50 units for domestic users that consume up to 100 units per month.
Vasundhara Raje, former Chief Minister of Rajasthan said, “The basis of the Budget is not policy, but politics.”
Satish Poonia, Rajasthan BJP President said, “Budget announcement looks like as if the elections are to be held tomorrow.”
Rajasthan Budget Addressed Urban Employment Issue
Another highlight of the tabled Rajasthan Budget was pension scheme for government employees appointed after January 1, 2004. Under MGNREGA Scheme the number of man days will be increased. Indira Gandhi Shehri Rozgar Guarantee Yojana for urban areas was announced along the line of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. CM Ashok Gehlot said, “While MGNREGA assisted people in rural areas, there is no such scheme for street vendors as well as those working at dhabas and restaurants in urban areas.” Employment for up to 100 days in a year will be provided in urban areas and state government will bear expense of Rs 800 crore to implement the scheme.
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Rajasthan will be on the road to become the fourth state that will implement scheme for employment in urban areas after Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha. Under MGNREGA Scheme number of man days will be increased from 100 days to 125 days and it will cost 750 crore to the government. A separate Agriculture Budget was also presented by bringing all agriculture heads together. This move will be seen as stardust after the recent struggles of farmers in the country due to three farm laws passed by Union Government.
School Children Have Been Discussed
Rajasthan will also launch a three month bridge course for all the school children in the state to compensate the loss of academic classes during pandemic. This will be available for all school children of Rajasthan State Board and it will cost Rs 75 crore to the state. Apart from 50 units of free electricity additional relief will be given in other slabs as well. The relief in slabs will cost around Rs 4500 crore to the state.
Seventh Pay Commission For Govt. Employees
Seventh Pay Commission benefits will be provided to employees of different departments like Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. Government will also increase honorarium and allowances for elected representatives of Panchayati Raj and Urban Bodies by 20%. Rajasthan Budget also announced that no new taxes will be introduced because economy has not recovered since the Covid-19 pandemic.