The Bhajan Lal government is going to present its first budget in the state. Given the Lok Sabha elections in the Rajasthan budget, many important announcements including public welfare schemes can be made in the budget. This time, special enthusiasm is being seen among the youth regarding the budget of the state government.
Before the budget announcement, The Daily Guardian team sought the opinion of various institutions and categories of society regarding the budget. The team has talked to the Petrol-Diesel Association, youth, students, women and tourist guides.
Youths want timely exams and employment security
This time, the youth of Rajasthan can get jobs in different sectors with the help of Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma. Tannu Saini, a resident of Kota, said that different schemes should be made to improve education. Along with this, scholarships should also be implemented to further advance the education of girls.
Expressing their pain, the youth said that they prepared for the exam for years, but due to the exam not being held on time, all their preparation got spoiled. Therefore, exams should be held on time. Also, the youth should get such education so that they can get employment in future.
Youths prepare for the exam for a long time, but at the last moment, the exam form gets cancelled due to some reason. In such a situation, the age limit in the examination should also be increased, so that they can get another opportunity.
Strict laws regarding women’s safety
When women were talked to about the budget. So the issue of women hinged on security. In the last few years, the number of crimes in the state has increased due to the decline in women’s safety.
Therefore, Surbhi Sharma said, “The state government should make strict laws to rein in the criminals. Due to this fear spreads among the criminals. Along with this, separate camps should be organised to advance girls in education. So that they can get information about the schemes run by the state government.”
Not only this, Surabhi has also suggested increasing opportunities for women in buses, industry, home loans and education. He has also talked about making major schemes for the upliftment of rural women at the state level.
Petrol-diesel business should be given industry status
President of Petroleum Dealers Association Rajasthan, Sumit Bagai, while talking to The Daily Guardian, shared suggestions related to petrol and diesel for the budget announcement. He has suggested giving industry status to the petrol and diesel trade. This will make light available on tariff. Many problems arise due to the Urban Development (UD) tax. There will be profit after getting the status of an industry.
Also, the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate on diesel should be in the pattern of Punjab state. Due to the non-reduction of tax on petrol, per capita consumption of energy and progress level is low in Rajasthan. After reducing VAT, the Petrol Diesel Association claims that the income will increase.
Association President Sumit Bagai said that the Road Infrastructure Development Company of Rajasthan (RIDCOR) was started in Rajasthan but at present the company is also in loss and this also affects the petrol-diesel industry.
Petrol pumps should be included in the state’s facility master plan and tourism category
Bagai has also talked about including petrol pumps in the facility master plan of the state. He stressed the expansion of petrol pump facilities available in the development projects of all areas. It has also been suggested to make a separate plan on the role of petrol and diesel in the field of tourism.
He has also talked about non-tax revenue collection beyond petrol and diesel. He said, “Non-tax revenue collection can be reduced. As a solution, the government can operate buses in the basement at the Sindhi Camp bus stand. But a mall can be constructed on the same land. Also, storage can be established on the land between Jaipur and Dudu. Companies from big cities including Bombay can be invited.”
He said that this would directly increase the income of Rajasthan from other states. Similarly, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) money of big companies in the state should be spent in the state itself, so that the state money can be used within the state only.
Arrangements for tourist guides throughout the year
Social activist and tourist guide representative Ravi Shankar Dhabhai has shared the problems of licensed tourist guides. Due to this, he also gave suggestions in the budget.
Apart from the tourist season, he also said, “The government will provide employment support throughout the year. Because tourist guides get employment only for 4 months in a year. Concrete arrangements for employment should be made in the remaining months also. All the guides should be included in the personnel department and given regular monthly salary.”
He said that at the same time, a pension scheme should be implemented for all the licensed guides of the Rajasthan Tourism Department after the age of 60 years and RGHS and free transport service should be provided.