President Ram Nath Kovind during his maiden two-day visit as head of the state to Rajasthan on May 13, 2018 launched three public welfare schemes.
The President launched Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC Swarozgar Yojana, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Swarozgar Yojana and loan and interest waiver scheme for SCs/STs/OBCs, sanitation workers, and the physically challenged at a function held at the Birla Auditorium in Jaipur.
The schemes were announced by the Rajasthan state government during its 2018-19 budget presentation.
1. Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC Swarozgar Yojana
Under the scheme, the government will provide loans of up to Rs 50000 to members of economically backward classes (EBC) from around 50,000 families at 4 per cent interest rate.
This scheme will help poor sections of the society to generate self-employment.
2. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Swarozgar Yojana
Under the scheme, the state government would provide loans worth up to Rs 50000 at 4 per cent interest rate to about 50,000 families from the scheduled castes and tribes and other backward classes for self-employment.
3. Loan waiver scheme
Under the scheme, the Rajasthan state government would be providing Rs 2 lakh worth interest-free loans to people belonging to SC/ ST community and other backward classes for the purpose of skill development and to create resources for employment.
Besides this, the President distributed cheques to a few beneficiaries under the three new schemes.
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Rajasthan government’s other major welfare schemes
The state government in its 2018-19 budget presentation announced the distribution of free scooters to the 200 meritorious girl children who secure 85 per cent or above marks in 10th & 12th class.
The government also announced pre and post metric scholarship with a total outlay of Rs 273.50 crore under EBC scheme.