Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rajasthan budget 2010 focused more on welfare

On March 9, 2010, Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, presented Rajasthan budget 2010. This is his second tenure and second budget presentation. The Rajasthan budget 2010 focused on the welfare of common people.

Here are some of the key features of Rajasthan budget 2010:

  • Rs. 4 billion has been allocated for urban development
  • For BPL families, ration has been fixed at Rs.2 per kg.
  • The budget also proposed to start AICTE based payment system for Polytechnic College lecturers.
  • In Rajasthan budget 2010, Rs.7.77 billion has been allocated for water supply schemes and Rs.120 million has been allocated for securing drinking water.
  • One of the major features of the Rajasthan budget 2010 is that it focused on energy development. Rs. 114 billion has been allocated for energy development.
  • Developing roads has also been emphasized on Rajasthan budget 2010 as Rs. 18.51 billion has been allocated for road development.
  • For the minorities, the budget proposed to build five new ITI and allocated Rs.20 million for the development of Madrasas in the state. The budget also proposed to increase SC/ST hostel to 50 from 25. It also allocated Rs.30 million for building new hostels for women.
  • In addition, 25,000 gas connections to schools and 300,000 metric ton DAP for farmers have been proposed in Rajasthan budget 2010.
  • Other major issues that had been addressed in the budget are rural development, women-oriented plans, improvement of the agriculture sector etc.
  • The Rajasthan budget 2010, proposed to slash prices of movies in theater, solar equipments, marble, Rudraksha, foods in hotels and restaurants, and two wheelers (below 100 cc).
  • The budget increased prices of four wheelers (above Rs. 2,50,000), two wheeler (more than 100 cc), urban electricity.
  • Pay of NAREGA Sahayak has been increased to Rs. 3500 from Rs. 2500.
  • Old persons’ pension has been fixed to Rs. 750 for 75 year and more. People below 75 years would receive Rs.500.

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