Ranchi: Finance minister Rajendra Prasad Singh today presented a budget worth Rs 50,386.70 crore for the financial year 2014-15 in the Jharkhand Assembly on Friday. Under the plan head, a budget expenditure of Rs 23,623.73 crore has been proposed while Rs 26,754.97 crore has been proposed under the non-plan head.
Presenting the budget amidst chaos created by Bharatiya Janata Party legislators, the finance minister said no new tax had been proposed in the budget. He said the budget proposes to waive 2 per cent of the loan amount for farmers of the state. Critically ill members of families belonging to Below Poverty Line category will now get a grant of Rs 2.50 lakh instead of the erstwhile amount of Rs 1.50 lakh given by the state government for their treatment, the minister told the house.
Singh said the state government had planned to open new medical and nursing colleges in the state on the Public Private Partnership mode. Land will be allocated as per requirement, he said. Emergency ambulance service with the telephone number 108 and health information helpline number 104 will soon be started in the state. The state contribution to the Janani Suraksha scheme will be doubled, the finance minister said.
The finance minister said a State Skill Development Mission had been set up in Jharkhand for the purpose of encouraging self employment and motivating youths and others to take to self employment to earn a living. To make the plan possible, banks will provide loans up to Rs 25 lakh to beneficiaries.
The minister, who also holds charge of Panchayati Raj department, said a Central aid of Rs 1100 crore will be given to the panchayats in the state for various development schemes. Rs 10 lakh will be given to each of the panchayats in the state under the Chief Minister Rural Road Project. Special mandaps will also be constructed in panchayats for the purpose of organizing cultural, social and community programmes, he said.
Singh said Rs 25 crore had been proposed to be spent on Information and Public Relations Department. Special attention will also be given to various departments for strengthening e-governance efforts of the state government.
Many other facilities to be provided by the government to the people of the state as proposed in the budget include online scholarship for students and central payment system through post offices with Aadhar link.
The finance minister said the honorarium given to anganbari sevikas will be increased from Rs 1500 to Rs 2250. He said a mothly hike of Rs 200 will be implemented on the pattern of social security pension of the state. A helpline for women will be started with the name Aparajita, he said.
The government has proposed to spend Rs 2500 crore on repair and fortification of roads in the state. Bridges and culverts will also be constructed. In view of the Left-wing-sponsored violence in the state, the government has decided to start Saryu Action Plan in Latehar, Garhwa and Palamu on the lines of the Saranda Action Plan which was successfully implemented in Saranda forests of West Singhbhum.
On the education front, the government has proposed to recruit 4401 Urdu teachers and 1300 Intermediate trained teachers and setting up of women’s college in each district of the state.
The finance minister said the fiscal deficit in the next fiscal year was expected to be to the tune of Rs 4913.70 crore as against the amount of Rs 3506.44 crore calculated for the year 2012-13.