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Rajasthan CM unveiled state budget for 2023-24

Published on February 13, 2023

Current context: The state's 2023–24 budget was presented by Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister (CM) of Rajasthan and Minister of Finance. The state budget was broadcast live for the first time to all state agencies and for-profit universities.

Rajasthan CM unveiled state budget for 2023-24
  • The budget for 2023–24 assumes increased significance because it is the last budget for the current Ashok Gehlot administration, which is getting ready to hold elections later in 2023.
  • Under the Ujjwala scheme, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) subsidy will help at least 76 lakh families who will receive LPG cylinders for Rs 500.
  • Domestic consumers will now receive 100 units of free electricity per month, up from 50 units previously; The Rajasthan government would distribute free electricity of up to 2,000 units to 11 lakh farmers.
  • Job candidates would no longer be required to pay several fees for various government job examinations as a result of the state's suggestion of a One-Time Registration (OTR) Mechanism in reaction to the paper leak incident.
  • The Chiranjeevi Swasthya Bima Yojana (Health Insurance Scheme) has increased the yearly family cap for medical coverage from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh.
  • About one crore families covered by the National Food Security Act would receive "Chief Minister Annapurna Food Packets" each month in addition to free rations (NFSA). A Rs. 19,000 crore inflation alleviation programme has been announced to put this into action and assist the ordinary populace in coping with rising expenses.
  • Employees of various boards and organisations in the state would be eligible for benefits under the "Old Pension Scheme," according to the Rajasthani administration. Employees of universities, institutions, and autonomous and semi-autonomous entities hired after January 1, 2004, will be eligible for "Old Pension Scheme" benefits.
  • Cooperative banks would provide farmers with interest-free loans totalling Rs 3000 crore.

Question: 

Q.1 What initiative is being introduced in response to the paper leak controversy in Rajasthan?
a. One-Time Registration (OTR) Mechanism for competitive exams
b. Free electricity for up to 2,000 units to 11 lakh farmers
c. LPG subsidies for at least 76 lakh families under the Ujjwala scheme
d. Establishment of a Marwar Medical University in Jodhpur
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