Budget may focus on people-friendly measures

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 15:04 IST

The state government is likely to focus on some people- friendly measures in the budget to be presented in March next year.

Some tough reform-centric decisions, including increase of taxes on tobacco products, are also expected, sources said.

The state government has already started the preparing for Budget 2015- 16 with chief minister Vasundhara Raje holding a meeting with experts from various fields and government officials

Chair man of the executive committee of the Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Arvind Pana g aria, chief secretary SC Rajan, principal secretary ( finance) PS Mehra, and various officers of the finance department were present at the meeting.

Later, the chief minister also held a separate meeting with officers of finance and industries department.

The fiscal department officials presented the financial condition of the state and current position of public sector enterprises.

Though the meeting was kept under wraps, official sources said the chief minister directed the officials to start homework for the budget of the state government.

The budget is more likely to be kept people- centric in the wake of historic victory of the ruling BJP in Lok Sabha and local body polls.

Earlier on Wednesday, the chief minister directed all departments concer ned to identify and prioritise two to three issues out of the recommendations given by the members of CM Advisory Council and its sub- groups on infrastructure, industry, education, health and tourism and set a time limit for their execution. The meeting of the CM Advisory Council and its sub- groups was held on Wednesday evening.

The meeting was held for discussion on ‘ Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit’ to be held in November 2015. The chief minister also l a u n ch e d a website of the summit and Resurgent Rajasthan lo go design contest.

In the opening session of the meeting, a presentation was given on the action taken report on recommendations given in the first meeting of CM Advisory Council held in August, 2014.

Raje said undue processes should be cut down to bring reforms in gover nance and there should be quick disposal of works related to public.

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