Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday announced the state’s first paperless budget. This the Congress-led government’s third budget. The chief minister started his speech by underlining the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country’s economy.
Chief Minister Gehlot who also holds the finance portfolio made the following announcements during the budget:
- Rajasthan government will be introducing the universal health care scheme worth ₹3,500 crore. Nursing colleges will be opened in 25 districts adding that eight already exist.
- The agriculture budget will be announced separately from next year.
- An increase in unemployment allowance by ₹1,000 was announce by the CM. Around 2 lakh youths will be benefited under the chief minister Youth Sambal Yojana, he said.
- The budget also announced the setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Youth Corps to achieve the target finalised the state government. For this mission, 2500 Rajiv Gandhi young friends will be shortlisted.
- During the budget the chief minister also announced the ‘Ghar Ghar Aushadi Yojana’ for encouraging the use of herbs like tulsi and giloy in every household.
- CM Gehlot also announced various infrastructure programs for the development of key tourist spots in Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer and other districts of the state.
- Setting up of a luxury Tourist Complex spread across 3,500 bigha was also announced during the budget. ₹10 crore has been allocated for the development of resorts, motels, folk art hotspots in the complex to highlight the culture of the state.
- The chief minister also announced the investment of ₹102 crore for housing 1,700 displaced Pakistanis at village Chowkha in Jodhpur.
- Special schemes were also announced for the development of Rajasthan film city and highlight the state as the destination for film production. The chief minister said ₹25 lakh will be provided as incentive support for the production of Rajasthani films. To encourage and boost local films GST exemptions will also be provided.
- The chief minister announced the Rajasthan Government Health Scheme.
- ₹1,600 crore of wages have been announced for government employees that were deferred earlier due to the Covid-19 pandemic.