CM HP Jai Ram Thakur presents his first Budget, Give boost to agri sector

Mar 09, 2018 19:25 | Poltics

Shimla: 9 March 2018: Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur today presents his first budget.

In his maiden speech he emphasised for the over all development of the state. 

He presents a revenue deficit budget of Rs  41,440/- for the next fiscal with focus on strengthening the agriculture and horticulture sectors by promising to double the income of farmers by 2022.

The Chief Minister, who also holds the Finance portfolio, announced launching of 28 schemes with emphasis on education, women’s empowerment, job creation and tourism. The total budget expenditure estimated for 2018-19 is Rs 41,440 crore, of which the estimated expenditure on salaries is Rs 11,263 crore and pensions Rs 5,893 crore.

The estimated interest payments would be Rs 4,260 crore and loan payments are expected to be Rs 3,184 crore, apart from Rs 448 crore on other loans and Rs 2,741 crore on maintenance, said Thakur in his maiden budget speech in Hindi which lasted over two-and-half hours.

The high lights of the budget is,

Budget provision of Rs. 41,440 crore for 2018-19.• All functional posts in the Departments will be filled up.• Rs. 65 crore for construction of new residences and Rs. 25 crore for repair of Government residences.• Honorarium of part time Water Carriers, Mid-day-Meal Workers, SMC Teachers, ASHA Workers, Anganwari Workers/Helpers and Water Guards enhanced.• Daily wages increased to Rs. 225 per day.• Contact employees to get emoluments equal to basic pay plus double of the grade pay.• An additional Interim Relief of 4 percent on basic pay/ basic pension to regular State Government Employees/ Pensioners from 1st July, 2017.• Establishment of three new women police stations in Solan, Hamirpur and Chamba Districts proposed.• Social Security pension enhanced to Rs. 750 per month. Pension to  persons having 70 percent and above disabilities and persons aged 70 years and above enhanced to Rs. 1,300 per month. Budget provision of Rs. 600 crore for Social Security Pension Schemes.• Critical care package under “ Swasthya Bima Yojna” enhanced from Rs. 1,75,000 to Rs. 2,50,000 for  families having one or two girl child. Additional assistance of Rs. 75,000 will be payable to the girls for their medical care.• New comprehensive “l'kDr efgyk ;kstuk” announced.• Assistance to BPL families under “Beti Hai Anmol Yojna”  enhanced  to Rs. 12,000.• Assistance under “Mother Teressa Matri Ashray Sambal Yojna” raised to Rs. 5,000 per annum.• New ßeq[;eU=h fpfdRlk lgk;rk dks"kÞ for assistance to needy poor people of the State having serious ailments constituted.• Kidney transplant facility will be created in the IGMC.• Baby kit worth Rs. 1,500 will be provided to all new born under new “Mukhya Mantri Aashirwad Scheme”.• 100 percent immunization target for prevention of Measles and Rubella.• Increase in number of drugs under the free drug policy in all health institutions.• New “eq[;eU=h fujksx ;kstuk”  launched for basic health checkup.• New ^^LokLF; esa lgHkkfxrk ;kstuk*^ to encourage establishment of   private allophatic hospital in rural areas launched.• Medical emergency assistance increased from existing Rs. 50 thousand to Rs. 2.5 lakh under the “Himachal Pradesh Patrakar Kalyan Yojna”.  Withdrawal of present annual income limit announced.• Rs. 6.80 crore under “eq[;eU=h [ksy fodkl ;kstuk”• Rs. 15 crore for construction of multipurpose indoor complexes.• New scheme “nso Hkwfe n'kZu” to provide transport facility for senior citizens for pilgrimage within the State.• Daily allowance to Poets/Writers/Litterateur increased by 50 percent. • Rs. 25 crore for construction of indoor auditorium.• New Scheme ^^vkt iqjkuh jkgksa ls*^  launched.• Vanishing Manuscripts and rare books to be digitized.• Grant-in-aid of Rs. 110 crore to Himachal Pradesh University.• New “es/kk izksRlkgu ;kstuk” to be launched for preparing students for competitive exams.• A new programme “Akhand Shiksha Jyoti, Mere School se Nikle Moti” to be launched.• Atal Tinkering Labs will be set up in selected schools.• School bags to be provided to the students of 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th class under ‘Atal Vardi Yojna’.• New ^^eq[;eU=h vkn'kZ fo|k dsUnz** Scheme will be launched with  an allocation of Rs. 25 crore for under which 10 residencial schools will be constructed.• Setting up of a robust and transparent transfer and posting mechanism for the teachers.
Rs.“The Himachal Pradesh Settlement of Pending Assessment Cases Bill”, 2018 to be laid for the benefit of the dealers.• Rs. 50 crore for Mukhya Mantri sadak yojna.• Rs. 50 crore for improving the road alignment, sign boards, parapets etc. at the identified black spots.• Invitation of international bidding for keeping the Sachh Pass, Jalori Pass, Khada Pathar and Rohtang Pass open during winters.• A new “Himachal Road Improvement Scheme” started with an outlay of Rs. 50 crore for cross drainage.• Target of tarring of 2,500 Kilometers of road length. Additional Rs. 100 crore in 2018-19 for maintenance of roads.• Mechanism of third party inspection and Independent Quality Check Squad under Chief Minister Office for ensuring quality of Government construction.• Additional outlay of Rs. 20 crore for  construction of Bus Stands and toilets blocks.• Installation of electronic display boards at all the bus stands and selected bus stops to display bus timings.• Rs. 300 crore as grant and equity to HRTC.• Rs. 100 crore for Skill Development Allowance.• “Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushalya Yojna” will be implemented with an outlay of  Rs. 77 crore.• Entrepreneurship development programmes to be organized to stimulate entrepreneurship among youth.• New  ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Ajivika Yojna” for providing self employment to Himachali youth in age group of 18-35 years in trade and services launched with an outlay of  Rs. 75 crore.• New “Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna” to encourage local entrepreneurship with an outlay of ` 80 crore launched.• Develop training module for people connected with tourism activities.• Exploration of possibilities of installation of ropeways from Dharmkot to Triund, Janjehli to Shikari Mata and other tourist places.• Efforts will be made to install  ropeway from Sri Anandpur Sahib to Sri Naini Deviji in partnership with Punjab Government.• Water Sports, beautification of the area, construction of ghats and reviving of  sulphur springs at Tattapani.• Pong, Kol and Bhakra reservoirs to be developed for water sports and adventure tourism.• Religious and adventure tourism to be promoted in a big way.• A project of Rs. 100 crore for infrastructure development at religious circuit  to be submitted to Government of India under “Swadesh Darshan” scheme.• Heli taxi services to be started and more helipads to be constructed.• Proposal for development of basic infrastructure for second phase under ADB project to Government of India.• New scheme ÞubZ jkgsa] ubZ eaftysaß- announced for development of virgin destinations with a budget provision of  Rs. 50 crore.• Rs. 475 crore for subsidizing electricity to the domestic and Agriculture consumers.• Equity contribution of  Rs. 50  crore to HPSEBL for improving the voltage in rural areas.• Necessary changes in the Hydro Power Policy to be carried out.• No electricity duty on new small and medium industries for first five years.• Lease of land for industrial plots to be given for 90 years instead of 30 years at present.• Electricity Duty reduced from 4 percent to 2 percent on Small industries and 10 percent to 7 percent on medium industries.• Rs. 4 crore for widening of road between Barotiwala-Mandhala-Parwanoo and Barotiwala-Gunnai- Parwanoo.• Budget provision of   Rs.35 crore for BBNDA.• Bidding of cement plant at  Broh Shind in Chamba District and   Nohradhar in Sirmour District.• Policy of partial reimbursement of net SGST paid to be formulated.• ''Him Pragti” online monitoring system to monitor investment and infrastructure progress to be started.• Simplification of various procedures for increasing investments.• Rs. 500 crore to IPH  for meeting energy charges for water supply and irrigation schemes.• Hand pumps to individual beneficiaries on 75 percent cost.• “National Generic Document Registration System” for online registration of documents for anywhere registration proposed.• New, “Shresth  Shahar Yojna” launched.• New ^^;qok foKku iqjLdkj**  scheme to encourage young students towards science launched.• New scheme “Vidyarthi Van Mitra” launched.• New scheme “Samudayik Van Samvardhan Yojna” will be launched.• Rs. 125 crore for Forest Department under externally aided projects.• New scheme “Van Samridhi Jan Samridhi” will be launched to provide livelihood.• Honourarium of representatives of PRIs and ULBs enhanced.• Rs. 194 crore to the PRIs as per the recommendations of 5th State Finance Commission.• Rs. 45 crore for members of Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samities for undertaking development activities in their areas.• “Moksh Dhaam” in each panchayat will be constructed in a phased manner.• No. of days for providing empolyment under MGNREGA increase from 100 to 120 in view of drought for 2018-19.• Gram Gaurav Patt in every panchayat.• 33 percent subsidy on pick-up van to encourage waste collectors in rural areas• Houses destroyed due to natural calamities to be provided funds under  “Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna” for reconstruction.• Award of  Rs. 10 lakh to Panchayat free of abandoned cattle.• Government land on token lease of Rs. 1 for setting up of Gau-Sadans.• Gau Vansh Vikas cess on every bottle of liquor sold in the State collecting Rs. 8 crore per annum.• Amendment in H.P. Religious Endowments and Temple Trust Act to ear mark at least 15 percent of offerings in the temples towards construction, maintenance and running of Gau-Sadans announced.• Setting up of Gau-Sewa Aayog announced.• Exemption on stamp duty and investment subsidy of 50 percent on plant and machinery for establishing of fish feed unit.• New ^^eq[;eU=h e/kq fodkl ;kstuk** launched with a budget of  Rs. 10 crore for providing  80 percent subsidy.• 50 percent subsidy to the BPL farmers of general category for rearing Desi cows.• 10 and 20 percent Additional subsidy under 'Dairy Udhyami Vikas Yojna'.• Enhancement of milk procurement price by Rs. 1 per liter.• Freight subsidy of Rs. 1 per litre to dairy cooperatives to compensate for collection and distribution of milk.• Rs. 150 crore proposed for upgradation and opening of new Mandis under World Bank project.• Rs. 29 crore for "Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna" and for "Weather Based Insurance Scheme".• New scheme, “Himachal Pushp Utpadan Yojna” with an allocation of  Rs. 10 crore launched.• Rs. 1,000 crore phase-II project under JICA to cover all the Districts for crop diversification.• Subsidy of 85 percent for  installing solar fencing by three or more farmers with  a budget provision of Rs. 35 crore under "Mukhya Mantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojna".• 60 percent subsidy under new “ckxokuh lqj{kk ;kstuk'' for anti hail-guns with   budget of  Rs. 10 crore.• Budget provision for anti-hail nets increased from Rs.2.27 crore to  Rs. 10 crore.• Rs. 32 crore for subsidy to farmers/horticulturists on power weeders and power tillers etc.• Subsidy of 40 percent on machinery for setting up of "Agriculture Equipment Hiring Centres".• Investment subsidy of 50 percent for  bio-pesticides plants.• New scheme “Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan”  with an allocation of  Rs. 25 crore will be launched.• Levy of Certain Goods Carried by Roads(CGCR) on apple, other fruits and vegetables withdrawn from 2018-19.• Electricity to farmers for irrigation purpose to be provided at 75 paisa per unit in place of existing  Rs.1 per unit.• New scheme “Solar Irrigation Scheme” launched with a budget outlay of  Rs. 200 crore for next five years.• New “Flow Irrigation Scheme” with an outlay of  Rs. 150 crore for next five years launched.• New Scheme, “ty ls d`f"k dks cy” with a budget of Rs. 250 crore for five years launched.• Rs. 85 crore for Medium Irrigation schemes.• Rs. 277 crore  for  Minor Irrigation Schemes.• Rs. 500 crore to be spent for Command Area Development in five years. A budget provision of Rs. 130 crore in 2018-19.• Under the World Bank funded Horticulture Development Project of Rs. 1,134 crore, nearly Rs. 100 crore to be spent in 2018-19.• New “fgekpy x` lqfo/kk ;kstuk” will be launched for women empowerment and environment conservation.• Budget provision of Rs. 220 crore under state food subsidy scheme.• All the tenders above   Rs. 5 lakh will be carried out online using e-Procurement portal.• New e-stamping system will be launched.• Public Works and IPH will roll out Works Management Information System.• Discretionary grant raised to Rs. 7 lakh.• Grant under "Vidhayak Khsetra Vikaas Nidhi Yojana" raised to Rs. 1.25 crore.• New “eq[;eU=h yksd Hkou” Scheme launched for constructing Community Bhawan  with an outlay of Rs. 30 lakh in every constituency.• Gudia & Hoshiar Singh helplines and ‘Shakti App’ launched.• Lowering the age from 80 years to 70 years for providing old age pension to all, without any income limit.• Adoption of BJP ‘Drishtipatra’ as the policy document to guide the development policies of the present Government.Budget Highlights 2018-19