The Rajasthan Minimum Guaranteed Income Bill, 2023 is a novel attempt by the state government to provide financial stability and support to its citizens, particularly the most vulnerable sections. The principle quoted by Mahatma Gandhi that the true measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable is the basis of this bill.
The Bill’s Impact on Vulnerable Sections:
Guaranteed Employment: The bill provides guaranteed employment of 125 days per year, ensuring that the state’s working-age population, including the lower-income and marginalized groups, have a steady source of income. This will help reduce poverty and provide financial security.
Social Security Pension: For the aged, disabled, widows, and single women, a minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month is provided. This is an essential step in providing social security to those who cannot work due to age, disability, or societal conditions.
Incremental Pension: The pension will increase at a rate of 15% each year. This not only takes care of inflation but also assures the recipients that their income will grow year on year.
Urban and Rural Employment Schemes: The government will provide jobs through the Indira Gandhi Shahri Rozgar Guarantee Yojana for urban areas and MGNREGA in rural areas, ensuring inclusive growth.
Appointment of Program Officer: The bill mentions the appointment of a Program Officer for implementing the Act, ensuring accountability and streamlined execution of the schemes.
In light of the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s principle, the Rajasthan Minimum Guaranteed Income Bill, 2023, can indeed be seen as a significant step forward. By guaranteeing income, employment, and pension to its citizens, the state is ensuring a safety net for the most vulnerable, thereby enhancing its social fabric and economic well-being. However, the success of the Bill will hinge on its efficient execution and regular monitoring to ensure it meets its intended objectives.