Wednesday , July 24 2024

No relief to the public, roadmap for development missing: Gehlot

Jaipur, July 10 (HS). Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said that the budget presented by the Rajasthan government today has nothing to do with education, health and social security. Neither has the public got any relief from this budget nor is any roadmap for development being made.

Gehlot was reacting to the Rajasthan budget presented by Finance Minister Diya Kumari in the Assembly on Wednesday. He said that our government had set a target of making Rajasthan number 1 under Mission 2030. I had hoped that after our government leaves, the BJP government will at least work keeping this mission in mind for the betterment of Rajasthan and will bring excellent development schemes. The budget presented by the Rajasthan government today does not seem to have anything to do with education, health and social security.
Gehlot said that the lack of schemes and work done by our government in these areas is clearly visible in the budget figures. This budget has neither provided relief to the public nor is any roadmap for development being made. Just as the budget of the Central Government has been dull and directionless for the last 10 years, the budget of the Rajasthan government today has also come dull and directionless. The public was expecting that the prices of petrol and diesel would be reduced as per Modiji's guarantee but this was not done. Rather, no budget allocation has been made for our government's schemes giving relief from inflation like 100 units of free electricity, Annapurna ration kit, Indira kitchen, free agricultural electricity etc., which means that the public will have to face inflation in the coming days. The government has made its objective clear by increasing the fare of roadways AC buses by 10 paise per kilometer on the day of the budget itself.

Gehlot alleged that the government has tried to gain applause by announcing the preparation of DPR of new Greenfield Expressway in the budget. Our government used to give Rs 10 crore to each assembly constituency for roads which this government has reduced to Rs 5 crore. This shows that this government believes only in packaging and not in work. He expressed surprise and said that instead of Chiranjeevi Insurance Scheme of Rs 25 lakh, this government wants to implement Ayushman Bharat Scheme of Rs 5 lakh. Every family of Rajasthan was covered in Chiranjeevi Scheme but even 50 percent of the state's population will not be included in Ayushman Bharat. A large number of hospitals were included in Chiranjeevi Scheme but the number of hospitals in Ayushman Scheme is very less. The government's opinion on OPS has also not come in the budget. The Union Finance Minister has been continuously opposing OPS but the state's Finance Minister has not given any opinion on OPS due to which there is confusion among the state employees. The government should clarify its opinion on OPS.