Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Everything is in place for a huge-ticket budget before the state elections. February Next year. The The catchy tag line for the promotion of the state budget, which will be presented to the state assembly today, is “State Budget” “Bachat, Rahat, Badhat” Meaning “Savings, Relief, Prosperity.
Hoardings, featuring the smiling face of the Chief Minister, dot the state. Advertisements are regularly appearing in newspapers. Mr Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, will present the budget at 11 am.
“Rajasthan’s Budget can help with savings, relief, and progress. Finalised Budget 2023 with #EnsuringBachat_Rahat_Badhat Each person within the state” he tweeted on Thursday.
Ahead of the budget, Chief whip Mahesh Joshi had said, “It This is the first time that this has been done. Chief Minister Presenting a budget with enthusiasm and energy is the best thing. The The budget’s main focus is on saving, relief, or increasing incomes. The entire concept of the budget is before the people, who are hoping that he will fulfil expectations”.
That Ashok Gehlot is going all out to woo the electorate was clear from his announcement in Alwar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in December last year. He had announced a huge subsidy in cooking gas — upto Rs 400 — to 1 crore needy people of the state.
The government is hoping to cash in on the goodwill generated by social security schemes. There is expectation that the Health insurance cover under the Chiranjeevi Beema Yojana could be upped and the old pension scheme be brought back.
There is also a possibility that the urban employment scheme on the lines of MNREGA being provided in the cities could see more allocations.
With an eye on the vote of the state’s young people — around 4 per cent of the state’s population — the government has issued a circular to all colleges to make arrangements to see the budget live.
Ashok Gehlot also has some promises up his sleeve for the youth — a crucial vote bank. He has repeatedly said that the budget will focus on young people and women and will fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state.
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