Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is all set to present the State Budget 2023-24 in the assembly today. This will be the last budget of the present government as the state is going for assembly elections later this year.
For the first time, the budget will be shown live in all government and private colleges of the state.
Targeting the vote of the state's young people, which comprises around 4 per cent of the state's population, the Gehlot government has issued a circular to all colleges to make arrangements to see the budget live.
Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, will present the budget on the theme of 'Bachat, Rahat, Badhat' (saving, relief and progress).
He finalised the budget with his team of officers at the Chief Minister's Office on Thursday.
"Rajasthan's budget will bring savings, relief and progress. Finalised the budget 2023 with the resolution of ensuring #Bachat_Rahat_Badhat of every person of the state," Gehlot said in a tweet on Thursday.
"It is the first time a Chief Minister is presenting a budget with so much enthusiasm and energy. The focus of this budget is savings, relief and increase in incomes. The entire concept of the budget is before the people, who are hoping that he will fulfil expectations",said Chief whip Mahesh Joshi right ahead of the Budget.
Gehlot has stated on several occasions that the upcoming budget will focus on youth and women and will fulfill the aspirations of the people of the state.
Meanwhile, the college education commissionerate issued an order on Wednesday directing all the government and private colleges of the state to show the budget live.
The colleges have been asked to arrange a live telecast of the budget speech in auditoriums/meeting halls so that a maximum number of students, teachers and heads of institutions can watch it.
The budget will be telecast live on social media platforms as well.
What are the expectations?
The government is banking on the goodwill generated by the social security schemes.
There is expectation that the Health insurance cover under the Chiranjeevi Beema Yojana could be upped. There is also a possibility that the old pension scheme will be brought back.
There is also a possibility that the urban employment scheme on the lines of MNREGA being provided in the cities could see more allocations.
(With PTI Inputs)