Score 85%, get scooty! Vasundhara Raje promises girls, including free sanitary pads for women in rural Rajasthan

By: |
Jaipur | Published: February 12, 2018 6:45:01 PM

Rajasthan Budget 2018 has promised a scooty each for 2000 girl students scoring 85 percent or above marks in Class 12 exams. The announcement was made by Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Monday.

vasundhara raje rajasthan budget 2018CM Vasundhara Raje presents Rajasthan Budget 2018. (Twitter)

Rajasthan Budget 2018 has promised a scooty each for 2000 girl students scoring 85 percent or above marks in Class 12 exams. The announcement was made by Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Monday. The Budget also had several other measures aimed at women empowerment. Raje also announced that the state government will distribute free sanitary pads for women in rural areas of the state. The CM said that the new scheme to promote menstrual hygiene in rural areas will be launched soon. Under the scheme, rural women will get free sanitary pads, she said.

Raje said that free sanitary pads will be distributed to women under the age group of 15-45 through schools, colleges, anganwadis, sub-health centres and Annapurna Bhandars. Another big announcement for women was the decision to provide 2-years Child Care leave to women working for the state government.

The Rajasthan CM, who presented her last budget ahead of 2018 assembly elections, also said that honorarium of Anganwadi workers and other Honorarium workers would be increased, benefitting around 1 lakh 84 thousand Anganwadi workers and honorarium workers.

Rajasthan Budget 2018 has also proposed to start new training programmes for women in 14 ITIs. Besides, the state’s ITIs will be connected to Digital India.

For school children, Raje said that primary school children will get milk on three days in a week.

The Budget announcements by the state government come as it tries to win over voters ahead of the Assembly elections likely to be held in November-December this year. In recently-held bypolls in the state, BJP was defeated badly by the state.

The Rajasthan government has also announced a one-time crop loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000 for small and marginal farmers and land revenue exemption, Raje announced. The loan waiver would be given to marginal farmers in the “overdue and outstanding category” of short loan. The farm loan waiver would cost the exchequer of the state around Rs 8000 crore.

Announcing the budget, Raje also said Rs 25 lakh cash reward will be given to India’s U-19 World Cup cricket champion Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Raje said he has been awarded for excellent performance in the recently- concluded U-19 Cricket World Cup which India won by thrashing countries like Australia and Pakistan. Pacer Nagarkoti surprised everyone with his speed as he regularly clocked the speed of over 140 km/h regularly.

To promote sporting talent in the state, Raje also announced a “Youth Icon Scheme”.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.