Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 24 February 2016 presented the Annual State Budget 2016-17 in the legislative assembly. The focus of the budget encompassed almost all sectors and sections like youth, women, farmers and infrastructure.
Annual Development Plan for the year 2016-17 was 85557.78 crore rupees. Dr. Ambedkar Chair will be constituted in five universities of Gujarat with aim to promote and spread awareness on Babasaheb's values and contribution.
Salient Features of Gujarat Budget 2016-17
Budget for Youth: The fiscal year 2016-17 will be observed as Yuva Vikas Varsh with an aim to empower youths of the state.
Youths of the state will be provided job opportunities into public services and for the purpose government of Gujarat has planned to induct 66000 youth at various government posts across the state
Young and innovative ideas of youths will be harnessed to enhance public services.
Budget for Students: For inclusion of more number of students under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana (MYSY) the upper income limit has been increased to 6 lakh rupees and percentile limit has been brought down to 80.
Special assistance in tuition fees will be provided to girl students from below poverty line families who secure admission in medical colleges
Budget for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME): Special mini and rural Gujarat Industrial Development Corporations (GIDCs) will be set up in remote areas of the state. This will be done to boost small industries and increase employment opportunities.
Budget for Women: This is Gujarat Government’s third Gender Budget. A special provision with a budget of 50585 crore rupees was allocated for nearly 611 women welfare schemes. For empowerment of women and justice, Nari Adalat will be created in each taluka of the state and for this purpose special initiative will be made.
A special mother and child hospital will be established in Ahmedabad with an aim to provide complete medical assistance to mother and child under one roof.
Budget for Education: With a focus on improving infrastructure and quality of education in the state, a budget of 23815.74 crore rupees was allocated.
Budget for Farmers: In total 14494 crore rupees was allocated to strengthen irrigation channels across the state. To ensure that farmers of the state are relieved from the financial burden, the state government had allocated 375 crore rupees in form of crop loan.
The loan will be provided at an interest rate of just one percent. To make sure that farmers do not face difficulties while acquiring fertilizers during peak season, the government decided to set up fertilizer storage facility.
On purchase of animals, those involved in animal husbandry will be provided with interest relief loan.
Budget for tribal regions: 1650 crore rupees were allocated to strengthen water distribution network in tribal regions. This will help in supplying irrigation-drinking water in tribal regions. Besides, 350 crore rupees Water Supply Yojana was announced to provide sufficient water to 696 villages of six tribal dominated districts.
Budget to boost robust infrastructure: To enhance the quality of infrastructure, 10000 crore rupees was allocated for ‘Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana'. The allocation aims at strengthening rural road network.
Besides, Smart Village Yojna was announced to transform rural Gujarat. Under the scheme, 300 villages of the state will be chosen in the first year.
Budget for Artisans: Raw Material Bank will be started to boost artisans and languishing arts of Gujarat. This bank will be in addition to the reliefs announced under the recent Cottage and Rural Industries Policy.
Budget to boost Tourism: Special tour of pilgrims for senior citizens will be introduced. This will enable hassel-free travel and promotes the Yatradhams of the state.
To boost tourism provision has been made in current budget by the Gujarat Government to introduce special tours of pilgrims for senior citizens.
Besides all these allocations, the existing projects like Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), Statue of Unity (SOU) and others will be promoted with allocations.
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