Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot presents State Budget for the year 2021-22 

On February 24, 2021, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who holds the Finance Portfolio presented the state’s 1st Paperless Budget. Rajasthan is the 2nd State after Uttar Pradesh to table a paperless budget.

Fiscal Indicators

  • Revenue Expenditure –  INR 1, 89, 701.80 Crore
  • Revenue Deficit – INR 41, 721.61 Crore
  • Estimated Revenue Deficit –  INR 23, 750.04 Crore in FY 2021-22
  • Estimated Fiscal Deficit – INR 47, 652.77 Crore which is 3.98% of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in FY 2021-22

Major Announcements

  • A New Universal Health Care scheme worth INR 3, 500 Crore was announced, under the scheme every family in the state will get medical insurance benefit of up to INR 5 Lakh.
  • Launch of Indira Gandhi Urban Credit Card Scheme for self-employment & employment needs of street vendors of urban areas & youth and unemployed people of all areas. An Interest free loan of up to INR 50, 000 will be provided to 5 lakh needy people.
  • Announcement of Jeevan Rakshak Yojana, under which a prize of INR 5, 000 & citation will be given to good citizens who save lives in road accidents.
  • Increase in unemployment allowance to eligible youth by INR 1, 000 under the Chief Minister Youth Sambal Yojana.

Other key allocations – Sector wise

Medical & Health

  • Nursing colleges to be built at 25 district headquarters

Education

  • Around 1, 200 Mahatma Gandhi Government Schools to be constructed in Villages with a population of 5, 000 in the next 2 years.
  • A Fintech Digital University to be constructed at Jodhpur.

Sports

  • Announcement of Major Dhyan Chand Stadium Scheme under which each block in the state will have its own stadium
  • INR 30 Crore has been allocated for organizing sports like Kabaddi, Volleyball, Cricket & Hockey at gram panchayat, block & state-level.

Energy

  • The CM also announced a new Energy Policy 2021-50.
  • Green Corridor of 6.3 Gigawatts by Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd. (RVPN)

Forest & Environment

  • Development of Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur as Wetland Birds Habitat Conservation Centre.
  • Wildlife Management Training Centre at Talchapar Sanctuary, Churu

Special Package for COVID Management

During the budget, CM Gehlot announced a Special Package for COVID Management under which

  • INR 2000 each to be provided to 33 Lakh Destitute families
  • INR 50 Crore interest subsidy to 10, 000 entrepreneurs
  • INR 5 Lakh as seed money to start-ups
  • INR 470 Crore for Back to School programme, free uniform & textbooks
  • 200 days of employment to Shahariya, Kathodi & specially-abled labourers.

Ghar Ghar Aushadi Yojana

He also announced the launch of ‘Ghar Ghar Aushadi Yojana’ for encouraging the use of herbs like tulsi & giloy in every household.

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