The Rajasthan Assembly passed ‘The Rajasthan Minimum Guaranteed Income Bill, 2023,’ aiming to provide a guarantee of wages or pension to the entire adult population in the state. The bill is hailed as “incomparable and historic” by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, as it promises employment guarantee for 125 days every year and a minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month to all families, including those in urban and rural areas. The pension will also see an annual automatic increase of 15 percent.
Significance: Addressing Poverty and Ensuring Social Security
- The passage of ‘The Rajasthan Minimum Guaranteed Income Bill, 2023’ holds immense significance as it seeks to tackle poverty and enhance social security measures for the population.
- The bill ensures a minimum income for a large segment of the state’s population, including those below the poverty line.
- The government aims to provide comprehensive benefits, such as free medical treatment, accident insurance, free electricity, and subsidized gas cylinders, further improving the financial situation of beneficiaries.
- The bill ensures all families, regardless of urban or rural background, receive an employment guarantee of 125 days annually and a minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month for aged, disabled, single women, and more.
- The pension will be automatically increased at a rate of 15 percent each year to keep pace with inflation and cost of living.