The Rajasthan state budget was focused on youth. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot quoted the words of former President of India and Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, “The ignited minds of the youth is the most powerful resource on the Earth. I am convinced that the power of youth, if properly directed, will bring about transformed humanity by meeting its challenges and bring peace and prosperity.”
He said today’s young generation needs employment the most, skill and ability building and personality enhancement. The state government took many steps for the youth to provide employment, education, skill and personality development. Gehlot announced Youth Policy and constituted a Youth Development and Welfare Fund of Rs 500 crore in this policy. Under this policy, Rs 200 crore will be used for improving efficiency, imparting skill training and providing employment-oriented resources; Rs 100 crore will be used for overall personality development and Rs 200 crore for education, scholarships and other related resources.
He said that in the tenure of 4 years, more than 1.42 lakh appointments have been given in government jobs, while more than 1.81 lakh appointments are in process. He said recruitment will be done on priority on the posts that are getting vacant. He announced to form Special Task Force under the Special Operation Group (SOG) to ensure strict action against the persons and institutions involved in the paper leak and cheating etc during the Rajasthan public examinations. Even a ‘One Time Registration’ system will be started in which the youth appearing for various competitive exams will have to pay one-time prescribed registration fees and can appear in all the recruitment exams for free, that is the candidate need not have to pay fees every time for appearing in the exams.
During the financial year 2022-23, mega job fairs were organised in different places in the state in which around 30,000 youth got employment opportunities. In the next financial year, 100 Mega Job Fairs will be organised along with the campus placement in leading colleges will be started, he added.
Similarly, looking at the overwhelming success of Mukhyamantri Anuprati Coaching Yojana which was started for students preparing for professional courses and competitive exams, this year, the number will be increased to 30,000 youth. Earlier, the number was 15,000. Vivekanand Youth Hostel will be built in all the district headquarters to provide a residential facility for students preparing for competitive exams. Each hostel will accommodate 100 youth. APJ Abdul Kalam Institute of Biotechnology will be set up in Jaipur for high-end research and development and certification courses in health/pharmacy, agriculture and bioinformatics, on which Rs 300 crore will be spent. The government will also bring Bio Technology Policy-203 looking at the huge possibilities of investment and employment in the field of biodiversity and biotechnology in the state.
Besides these, the state government will start Rajiv Gandhi Aviation University in Jaipur, in which Pilot Training Academy will be set up along with Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Flight Attendants, Aviation Management Course, Simulator Training and Drone related ground courses will be started. Rs 350 crore will be spent on this. The Mining University will be set up with the help of Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited looking to the huge possibilities in the field of minerals and petroleum. It has been decided to increase the number of students to 500 from the existing 200 in Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence Scheme.