Highlights of the Rajasthan budget 2018 by Govind Bagariya

HIGHLIGHTS Chief minister Vasundhara Raje presents the last budget of her current tenure. Free WiFi facilities will be provided in state universities Rs 6000 crore will be spent to connect Bisalpur dam with the Banas river. ...........Royalty exempted to carry out mining in many areas. Zero belt mining policy will be promoted GST will be reduced on Kota stone Tax relief of Rs 650 crore given in the budget No new taxes imposed in the current budget District Lease Committee rates for agriculture, residential land reduced by 10%. Stamp duty reduced for several transactions. Full exemption of interest rates and penalty on unpaid stamp duty Milk will be added in Mid Day meal program Luxury tax and entertainment tax to be given from SGST Interest subsidiary increased for young entrepreneurs from 5% to 6% Rs 25 lakh home loan will be given to journalist Rs 25 lakh allocated for dependents of martyrs Rs 151 crore allocated to 17 district for forest development. 500 foresters will be recruited, while, 2000 forest guard will be recruited New toilets will be developed on National Highway Rs 33.25 crore will be spent on renovation of 19 historical buildings. A new museum will come up at Bundi. Rs 20 crore allocated to develop Amer Fort as iconic tourist destination Subsidised meals under Annapurna scheme will be provided at all collectorate offices Rs 55 crore allocated for a tunnel to connect Ajmer-Pushkar 49 new fire tenders will be procured soon Paota, Jaipur will be upgraded into tehsil Rs 91 crore will be spent for setting up counter terrorism centre at Sardar Patel Police University in Jodhpur 210 new vehicles at a cost of Rs 7.10 crore will be procured for police soon, while 1,161 constables will be recruited for new battalion of police department 2000 patwari will be recruited District mineral foundation trust will spend Rs 1000 lakh to build roads, schools and other facilities near mining areas. Rs 150 crore allocated for construction of flyover in Kota A Ambedkar Bhawan will be constructed at a cost of Rs 80 crore. State women employees will get two years child care leave Bikaner, Ajmer, Churu, Pali and Chittorgarh declared open defecation free Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje announced one-time loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000 for small and marginal farmers in the state, which would cost Rs 8,000 crore to the exchequer. Raje also announced setting up a farmer loan relief commission where farmers can approach and present their side for getting relief on merit basis. Hike in honorarium to Anganwadi workers An underpass from Ramniwas garden to delhi road will be build for a better traffic management. Biogas plants will be set up in cow shelters 6571 posts will be filled up by December 2018 in health sector. 5518 health workers will be recruited. A new scheme announced which is named after late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. Under the scheme, Rs 2 Lakh interet free loan will be provided for the self-employed in the unorganised sector. It was a long pending demand of Rajputs. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Swarojgar Antodaya Yojana-- 50,000 families to get upto 50,000 interest-free loans. Rs 1 lakh insurance for Bhamasah card holders.Recruitment of 9,000 grade II teachers will be done soon. 77,000 job openings announced in education department. The chief minister, who also holds finance portfolio announced free travel for people above 80 years of age and one attendee on half fare in the state roadways buses. Chief minister announces Rs 25 lakh for player Nagarkoti, who was part of India's under 19 team. Rs 2 crore sanctioned for upgrading SMS stadium. Youth Icon scheme has been announced to promote sports in the state. 1,000 new Annapurna Bhandar will be established. Free WiFi facilities will be provided in state universities. Eight new ITIs to be opened in the state. Sanitary pads will be distributed in all government schools. Driving license and vehicle registration to go paperless. Highways and mega-highways to be converted into emergency landing places. Rs 6000 crore will be spent to connect Bisalpur dam with the Banas river, the FM said A new railway line will come up in western Rajasthan. The railway line will link Jaisalmer and Barmer, boosting tourism. 15 kms of new roads will be constructed in all the 200 assembly constituencies, Vasundhara Raje said. Nearly 21,614 km roads will be constructed in rural areas. Experts believe that tourism would get a bigger focus as it can impact village economy by providing livelihood opportunities for a large segment of people in the unorganized sector.

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