State Cabinet chaired by chief minister Vasundhara Raje overturned two decisions taken by the previous Ashok Gehlot-led government.
The Cabinet decided to amend sections 26 and 33 of Rajasthan Forest Act to provide relief to tribal community. The Cabinet also reconstituted the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihood to create 15 lakh jobs in next five years in the state.
The previous government had amended the original Forest Act to impose a fine of Rs25,000 and six months’ jail for even breaking a twig from a plant. The decision has been now been overturned. The government said the rules were stringent and harsh on locals.
After storming back to power in the recent Assembly elections, Raje also dropped the livelihood scheme of the previous Congress government saying it could not create jobs in last five years and replaced it with a new one. Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Rathore later said the Rajasthan Skill Livelihood Development Corporation of the previous government did not hold any meeting and, therefore, could not create jobs in the last five years.
The reconstituted Mission will be headed by Raje and shall consist of six department heads of planning, power, agriculture, animal husbandry, panchayati raj, industry and tourism departments, six eminent personalities and six representatives of top industries to train unemployed youth.
—With PTI inputs