Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday dropped enough hints that the state budget might not offer government job sops, but reiterated the manifesto line of providing job opportunities to 15 lakh youths.
“The state was progressing well in skill development but the government job was not the only opportunity for employment...(even) jobs to 15 lakh youths would be possible only through skill development,” she clarified, while addressing a pre-budget consultancy meeting with representatives of the nongovernment organisations, civil society and consumer forums at Convention Hall in the chief minister’s office.
In present time, better opportunities were available for a skilled and expert person in different sectors elsewhere. She pointed out that several non-government agencies were doing a commendable work in employment, skill entrepreneurship and social sectors. The state government needed more from these organisations, she added.
Raje hailed work of Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development Corporation in employment and skill development for which it had been recently awarded with a gold trophy by the Union Government and the Assocham.
Raje said the state government wanted the state budget to be more inclusive and for this series of consultations were being held with various groups and stakeholders.
Addressing the meeting, Raje said the state government initiated Bhamashah Scheme to transfer cash and non-cash benefits to all eligible beneficiaries with full transparency.
The registration camps are being organised for this scheme since August 16, 2014 in which 55 lakh families have been nominated.
The CM said that for the first time the state government has constituted a Consumer Advisory Council so that the consumer could get more information and awareness about their rights.
Representatives of various agencies, non-government organizations, civil society and consumer forum working for different sectors like woman and child development, women workers, environment and wildlife conservation, minorities welfare, girl child education, specially-abled persons welfare, tribal welfare and consumer rights shared their ideas and suggestions during the meeting. The CM took note of all such suggestions, gave her comments on important points and kept the dialogue going.
Tribal area development minister Nand Lal Meena, health minister Rajendra Rathore, social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi, food and civil supplies minister Hem Singh Bhadana, minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani, chief secretary CS Rajan, principal secretary finance PS Mehra, additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, secretaries and other officials of different government departments were also present in the meeting.