Rajasthan CM doles out goodies for farmers, students with eye on polls

Rajasthan CM doles out goodies for farmers, students with eye on polls

Rajasthan budget 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said a farmer loan relief commission will be set up to address the issues of farmers.

The Chief Minister announced a new scheme named after late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, under which Rs 2 lakh interest free loan will be provided for the self-employed in the unorganised sector.

Hike in honorarium to Anganwadi workers, underpass from the Ramniwas garden to Delhi road for a better traffic management, biogas plants in cow shelters were among other announcements made in Rajasthan budget 2018.

The Raje government had announced a Rs 20,000 crore package after a two-week long protest by thousands of farmers in Sikar.

She also announced subsidised meals under Annapurna scheme to be provided at all collectorate offices.

This comes amid the uproar over a controversial bill, the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017, which seeks to shield both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in the BJP-ruled state from being investigated for on-duty action without the government's approval and bar the media from reporting on allegations against them without its prior sanction. Raje in her budget speech informed the house that 1.81 lakh new taxpayers have been registered under the GST and the tax base of the state has increased by more than 35 per cent as compared to the VAT regime.

Free Wi-Fi government colleges and free travel facility to interview aspirants for competitive exams conducted by UPSC, RPSC etc. Eight new ITIs to be opened in the state.

The Raje government also announced several schemes and sops for women.

The Chief Minister even announced a Rs. 25 lakhs reward for Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who hails from the state, for his impressive performance for Indian cricket team in the recently concluded Under-19 World Cup.

The state budget for 2018-19 envisaged a total outlay of Rs 1,07,865.40 cr on schemes and projects.

Terming the situation in the state as "grim", Choudhary said that if a party worker goes to an elected representative with their problem, they turned up to Member of Parliament but they also didn't have any solution to their problem. "In the last 4 years, we have completed the construction and fix of 49,878 kilometres of roads", Raje said.

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