Rajasthan budget session to begin on Wednesday

The budget session of Rajasthan Assembly is beginning on Wednesday with opposition Congress all prepared to raise issues of educational criteria in Panchayati Raj polls, hike in power tariff, fuel prices, and withdrawal of subsidy on LPG cylinder.

PTI| Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 22:33 PM IST

Jaipur: The budget session of Rajasthan Assembly is beginning on Wednesday with opposition Congress all prepared to raise issues of educational criteria in Panchayati Raj polls, hike in power tariff, fuel prices, and withdrawal of subsidy on LPG cylinder.

First day would be devoted to obituary references and tabling of some notifications and orders, an official of the state Assembly said.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje held a meeting of BJP legislators to prepare defense to the Opposition Congress' questions and objections at her residence, PA of chief whip KL Gurjar told a news agency.

Business Advisory Committee will decide the agenda of Assembly sittings after the beginning of the session tomorrow.

Increase in VAT on petrol and diesel, withdrawal of Rs 25 subsidy on domestic LPG cylinders, and putting educational criteria in Panchayati Raj polls held in January, power tariff hike, non-creation of jobs, and deteriorating law and order situation would be the main issues the Congress would raise during the session, Leader of Opposition in House Rameshwar Dudi has said.

Yesterday, after the cabinet meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore has said annual budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year would likely to be presented in second week of March.

Security has been beefed up inside and outside the Assembly premises in view of proposed protests of left parties, Youth Congress and other organisations, a senior cop of police commissionerate said.

Meanwhile, Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh's Rajasthan unit (BMSRU) has demanded the state government to consider labourers' issues including tax regime, reduction in excise duty on petro products, scholarship and hostel facilities to kids of labourers and employment on vacant posts.

In a memorandum submitted to the Finance Secretary PS Mehra, the executive president of BMSRU Rajbihari Sharma said an 11-point charter of demands be considered in state government's next year budget, according to a release here today.

BMSRU also urged to bring amendments in the new Labour Act which led to closure of small industrial units, Sharma said.