New Delhi: After Delhi and Manipur, Rajasthan becomes the latest state to introduce ‘No-Bag Day’ in its schools. An announcement to this effect was made by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday. He said ‘No-Bag Day’ will be observed on Saturdays for students of government schools across the state. Also Read - Centre issues guidelines to regulate weights of school bags

While addressing the state budget in the Assembly, Gehlot said that though there would be no studies on Saturdays, activities related to happiness therapy, literature and culture, sports, personality development, moral values, scout, tips to stay healthy will be organised for the students. Also Read - Move to reduce weight of school bags in WB primary schools

He further added that on Saturday, the parent-teacher meetings will also be held to enable the school teachers to update the parents on their wards’ academic performance. Also Read - 'No school bag' on Saturdays in UP government schools

During the budget presentation earlier in the day, Gehlot announced huge funds for sportspersons in Rajasthan. According to him, athletes who are winning gold medals in the Olympics will henceforth get Rs 3 crore from the state government, compared with Rs 75 lakh earlier. Likewise, silver medallists will get Rs 2 crore against Rs 50 lakh earlier and bronze medallists Rs 1 crore against Rs 30 lakh earlier.

He further stated that Asian Games gold medallists will now get Rs 1 crore, silver winners Rs 60 lakh and bronze medallists Rs 30 lakh as compared to Rs 30 lakh, Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively earlier on.

To carry forward the athletic activities of the state to the next level, he said 500 coaches will be appointed on contractual basis to nurture sports talent in the desert state.

Announcing Rs 100 crore for setting up a ‘Tourism Development Fund’, Gehlot said the policy for ‘ease of travelling in Rajasthan’ will be pursued in the state.