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Rajasthan budget: MLA fund raised to Rs 5 crore | Jaipur News

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JAIPUR: The assembly passed the state budget for 2021-22 with a voice vote following the chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s reply on Thursday .
The chief minister made a slew of new announcements including a huge hike on MLA area development fund which was raised to Rs 5 crore from Rs 2.25 crore.

The only dissenting voice was of revenue minister Harish Chaudhary. He said when the country was grappling with Covid and even MP area development funds had been frozen, it was inappropriate for such a huge hike.
The chief minister said his government had given employment to 97,000 youths so far while recruitment of about 73,000 was in various stages. Gehlot announced renaming of universal health scheme worth Rs 3,500 crore as CM Chiranjeevi Yojna and said registrations will start from April 1.
Gehlot in his reply targeted the central government. He said the Centre only paid lip service to co-operative federalism. He said the Centre had been not only curtailing its share in the centrally sponsored schemes but is not fulfilling its obligations under the GST putting the state finances under strain.
The chief minister sought cooperation of the opposition in getting approval from the Centre for the ambitious eastrn Rajasthan canal project (ERCP) and to get preferential treatment to the state in the Jal Jeevan mission. He demanded the Centre should bear 90 per cent of the cost considering the topography and difficult climatic conditions.

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