Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, on Tuesday, made a strong pitch for the enactment of a social security legislation by the BJP government at the Centre, to provide a safety net to the poor, destitute, underprivileged and elderly people across the country. Gehlot also called for a national debate on the issue with a rights-based approach.
“The two UPA regimes at the Centre had launched welfare measures, giving the right to education, information and food security as well as the rural employment guarantee, through the legislative route. The time has come to frame a similar law on the right to social security,” Gehlot declared at a press conference in Jaipur.
“The time has come when the right to social security act should be passed in Parliament. One crore people are getting social security in Rajasthan while in Uttar Pradesh, which is more populous than Rajasthan, it is only 40-50 lakh,” he said.
The CM also said he would present the state budget on February 8 during upcoming Assembly session, with a special focus on youth, women and sportspersons.
He also announced the decision to shut bars and clubs in Rajasthan by midnight. “These bars and clubs run till late, sometimes upto 3 or 4 am. They have mushroomed in every lane and by-lane. We will see later how to regulate them. For now, we have decided that these bars should shut latest by 11:30 pm or 12 midnight, so that people can go home and be with their families,” he stated.