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Rural pitch in please-all Jharkhand Budget

CM tables Rs 85,429 crore budget in Assembly

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Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das Tuesday tabled Rs 85,429 crore budget for the year 2019-20 in the Jharkhand Assembly.
The government has allocated a large chunk of the budget to rural development, including panchayat 14.32 per cent, education 13.56 per cent and agriculture and allied sector 9.46 per cent. The welfare sector, including minority welfare gets 7.72 per cent and the police and disaster Management 7.15 per cent of the allocation.

Out of the total budget, Rs 65,803 crore is on the head of revenue expenditure while Rs 19,626 crore is on capital expenditure, the chief minister said in his budget speech.

In the budget Rs 23,377 crore has been earmarked for general area, Rs 28,882 crore for social area and Rs 33,170 crore for financial area, Das said.

Speaking on collection of funds, Das said state tax revenue is pegged at Rs 20,850 crore, non-tax revenue at Rs 10,674.20 crore, central assistance at Rs 13,833.80 crore, states share in central taxes at Rs 29,000 crore, public loan at Rs 11,000 crore and loan and advances at Rs 71 crore.

Das tabled the budget for the fifth consecutive year in the state.

Speaking on financial situation of the state, the chief minister said that Rs 3,16,731 crore has been estimated based on current price for 2019-20 fiscal, which shows an increase of 10.5 per cent compared to 2017-18 GSDP of Rs 2,86,598 crore.
The CM said that for the year 2019-20, it has been estimated on current price for GSDP at Rs 3,16,731 crore. This shows 10.5 per cent increase compared to 2017-18s Rs 2,86,598 crore.

On the basis of current price on GSDP, Rs 2,36,866 crore has been estimated for 2019-20, which is 6.9 per cent more than last fiscals Rs 2,21,587 crore, Das said.
With 8.73 per cent increase for the year 2019-20 on current price, the CM said that per capita income has been assessed at Rs 83,513. The per capita income in 2018-19 was Rs 76,806 and in 2017-18 it was Rs 70,728.

The CM said that revenue loss in the 2019-20 has been estimated at Rs 7,155.63 crore, which is GSDPs 2.26 per cent.

In his budget speech, the CM said that the number of families belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is very high in the state. The state government is committed to their welfare and development. In the financial year 2018-19, the total size of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes Development Budget was Rs 24,410.06 crores which is Rs. 27,142.60 crore for the coming financial year, 11.19 percent more than the previous year.

Das said that houses are being built at fast pace under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to provide housing to the homeless families in the state. So far 3,61,861 houses have been constructed out of target of 5,28,791.

“With the aim of accelerating the construction of the house, it has been decided to give full amount in 3 installments instead of 5 installments. Permission has been granted to construct roof under the PMAY in inaccessible areas. Under this scheme, the target of construction of 150,000 houses in the year 2019-20 has been set,” said the CM.

The CM informed that on the lines of the Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Housing Scheme is being run by the state government with its own fund. In addition to the families of widow, families of victims of natural calamities and abandoned women are being given the benefit of this scheme.

The CM said that in order to develop villages as models, Rururban Mission along with MP model village scheme, PM model village scheme, CM smart village scheme, Model village scheme, villages are being covered with schemes of all department along with development.

In view of the need to develop the traditional craftsmanship and skills prevailing in the villages, the state government has decided to start a new scheme in the name of CM Livelihood Promotion Scheme in the year 2019-20. Under the scheme, self-help groups of men will be formed and they will be provided technical training, skill development and financial assistance so that their income can be increased continuously and traditional craft can also be conserved and enhanced.

“In the course of formation of Sakhi Mandals, it was found that there is a need to carry out special work in different areas such as health, education, child development, social security and livelihood for the uplift of special tribal families, so that these special tribal families can be brought to mainstream.

In order to achieve these objectives, the new scheme, named as Birsa Special Tribal Development Scheme, is being started in 2019-20. This will benefit about 10,000 families,” he said.

The CM said in order to develop the village as a model village, it has been felt by the state government that there are many necessary construction works, which have not yet been done by any other scheme and cannot be done in the future. In order to carry out such tasks, a new scheme called Atal Gramotthan Yojana will be started in 2019-20 so that such model village can be developed.

The CM said that in order to ensure public participation in the development of local needs, the government has decided to constitute tribal development committee or village development committee in all the villages of the state.

“The committee has been given the responsibility of implementing small schemes of local importance for the villages, whose current estimates are up to Rs 5 lakh and the implementation period is less than one year. These committees will encourage community driven public monitoring and implementation of the scheme. An amount of Rs 60 crores has been approved for the implementation of the schemes through tribal development committee or village development committee in the financial year 2018-19. Rs 120 crores will be given to these committees in the financial year 2019-20,” he said.

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