Health minister Raghu Sharma talks to media after state council of ministers’ meeting on Tuesday
JAIPUR: Amid the political crisis, a meeting of the state council of ministers chaired by chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday decided to give Rs 1,000 to 35 lakh needy families affected by the lockdown. It will cost the state exchequer Rs 351 crore.
The meeting also approved financial and non-financial relief measures for tourism and allied industries besides discussing various issues related to Covid situation, agriculture and cooperatives.The state government had earlier given exgratia of Rs 2,500 to these families during lockdown.
The beneficiaries include BPL, state BPL Antyodaya and building and other construction workers who were not covered under social security schemes. The meeting discussed the condition of tourism and hotel business which have been badly hit by the pandemic.
The meeting approved a proposal to extend benefits for another year to the units of tourism, hotel and multiplex sector under Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme(RIPS)-2019. The units which will start operations between July 1 and December 31 and also whose eligibility period remains after December 31, 2019 would get benefits under the scheme. The period of reimbursement of SGST payable and deposited by the tourism industry (hotel and tour operators) under the package has been extended from three months to one year (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021). The RIPS will include the tourism sector as a priority sector (thrust sector), with the provision that this sector will get additional benefit of interest grant and capital grants besides the general benefit payable in RIPS-2019.
The cabinet has also approved a relief package of about Rs 220 crore through RIICO to give relief to industries. Under this, 100% relaxation in interest on lumpsum deposit of service fee and rent till December 31, 2020, penalty for delay for starting the activity on the allotted plot will be waived. The meeting decided that out of the amount of Rs 2.25 crore allotted under MLA Local Area Development Fund every year, the legislator will spend Rs 1 crore every year for the next two years on development of medical facilities and the remaining amount on development work according to local needs.