Chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Monday that the budget presented last week was a document to ensure growth and reforms in the state, and not just a statement of accounts.
In her answer to the debate on the budget speech, she emphasised on the significant hikes proposed in the budget for the infrastructure sector. This budget, she said, focuses on welfare schemes, infrastructure and ensuring peace and tranquillity in the state.
She said no efforts will be spared to take Rajasthan to the vanguard of developed states, which is a dream of every resident of the state.
Taking potshots at the Opposition, which pointed out discrepancies in the data in her budget speech on March 8 and Governor’s address on February 29, she said the difference in figures from the governor’s address was nothing new.
Between 2010 and 2013, there were 17 instances where in there were differences in the governor’s address and the budget proposals, she said.
Raje referred to late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s comment that only 15 paise out of a rupee reaches the poor. Rahul Gandhi took this further to stay that 10 paise out of 10 rupees is what actually the poor receive.
Raje said her government was plugging such leakage through the Bhamashah scheme which in fact was started during her previous tenure.
She said the Opposition should reflect on why they stopped the Bhamashah programme when in power. The Bhamashah scheme ensures direct transfer of benefits to bank accounts, thereby negating any chance of leakage. Stopping this scheme is an example of short-sightedness on part of the previous government, she said.
The chief minister mentioned that the budget 2016-2017 was one of innovations.
She referred to new endeavours such as imposing local conservation charges on hotels and resorts in vicinity of tiger reserves, guaranteed purchase of energy generated from waste powered plants, PPP in sports, out of turn direct government employment for deserving sports persons, online single window system for investment in small and micro enterprises, Mudra Scheme, rebate in stamp duty, startup policy, efforts in large scale skill development and more.