Chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, on Tuesday will present the state's budget for the financial year 2010-2011 in the Rajasthan assembly. Presenting the budget for the second time in his second tenure, Gehlot is expected to focus primarily on the common man and farmers, much like he did the last time.
Gehlot finalised his budget speech at a meeting with the finance department officials on Monday. The state government has announced its primary focus for now is providing drinking water and hence, several schemes related to the water resources, PWD and irrigation department are likely. Special attention to power production and new projects for the power department are also likely.
Aiming at rural sector development, the budget is likely to include more funds and power for the panchayati raj department, along with several activities for the cooperative department. Special schemes for agriculture sector is also likely.
According state government sources, the government is expected to take some measures to control the recent price rise. Schemes similar to subsidised rates for pulses may be announced. Gehlot recently held a special meeting with the food and civil supplies department to discuss possible measures which may be announced in the budget. several women and youth-oriented schemes are also likely.
The chief minister has held meetings with several departments and representatives of several sectors, including agriculture and industry. While industry representatives stressed on friendly-environment and better infrastructure to bring in more investment, the farmers requested availability of power and water for irrigation.