Jaipur: Rajasthan’s interim budget comes as good news for nearly 2.3 lakh female students of the state. From 2019-20, girls enrolled in Arts, Commerce and Science streams for undergraduate or post-graduate courses will get free education.
The Congress government presented the vote-on-account of Rs 86,906 crore for the first four months of the current fiscal on Wednesday. As per the budget estimates, the total expenditure of the state stands at Rs 2,31,654 crore.
For the first time in the state, old farmers will be given pension. Women farmers above 55 years of age and male farmers above 58 will be eligible for the pension. Those below 75 years of age would get Rs 750 while those above 75 would be getting Rs 1,000.
The government has also announced 600 new drug centres under the Free Medicine Scheme. New medicines will be included in Mukyamantri Free Medicine Scheme.
Also, state-run drug testing laboratories at Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner will be made functional.
Around 1.6 lakh youths would benefit from the Mukyamantri Yuva Sambal Yojna. The government has increased the allowances for the unemployed youth by up to five times. It comes into effect from February 2019, and beneficiaries will start getting allowances from March. Unemployed, eligible women will get Rs 3,500 and male would get a monthly allowance of Rs 3,000.
Reservation in government services for differently-abled people has also been increased from 3 per cent to 4 per cent.
The government has also put aside Rs 16 crore to reopen Haridev Joshi Journalism University and Dr BR Ambedkar Law University. And there is a new industries policy on the anvil. Rajasthan Export Promotion Council is to be set up in the state to enhance exports.