CM Gehlot presents Budget, special focus on employment, health

Rajasthan Budget 2022-2023: Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday presented his fourth budget for the year 2022-23, which focuses mainly on employment and health care. Furthermore, while presenting the budget to the Rajasthan Assembly, Gehlot announced the implementation of the Indira Gandhi Urban Job Guarantee Scheme.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot announced to the Assembly during the budget speech, “All employees of the Government of Rajasthan appointed on or after January 1, 2004 will be entitled to the pension scheme as before (old version of the scheme) from the ‘next year.”

From next year, 100 days of employment will be available in urban areas modeled on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for which a A budget of 800 crores has been proposed. As part of the state government’s ambitious Chiranjeevi health insurance program launched last year, Gehlot has announced an increase in health coverage from 5,000,000 10 lakh per family in a year. He also announced that IPD and OPD services will be free in public hospitals.

“As always, we have taken care of every section of society within the budget. The handling of the corona crisis in the state has been appreciated around the world.

“It is a privilege for me to present the first separate agricultural budget. It will define a new horizon in the state’s agricultural sector,” Gehlot said. Gehlot announced an allocation of 5,000 crore for CM Krishak Saathi Yojna, who was 2,000 crores in the last budget. The budget for the year 2022-23, proposed 2,700 Crores for Rajasthan Micro Irrigation Mission, under which 5 lakh farmers will benefit.

He also announced that he would work 125 days at MGNREGA instead of 100 days. The state government will bear the expenses of 700 crore. For electricity consumers, 50 units of free electricity for those who use 100 units, 3/unit subsidy for all domestic consumers up to 150 units and Subsidy 2/unit for consumers of 150 to 300 units and more depending on the tile. The state government will spend 4,500 crore. Gehlot also announced 500 crore for SC-ST development fund and allocated 100 crores for EWS families.

(With agency contributions)

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