Assam finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented the last full-fledged Budget of the present government at 2 pm on Friday.
The Budget is expected to be a boon for 30 to 40 lakh families and it includes schemes that are expected to take the State towards progress and development.
In the last financial year 2019-20, the growth rate was at around 13 per cent in the State.
The finance minister had also stated that around Rs 73,000 crores was sent in the last financial year.
Here are key points from minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s budget speech:
Sports-tournaments to be held at Panchayat, Block, District and State levels, in Olympic disciplines.
Hima Das will be offered the position of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
New legislation to make teaching of Assamese as a compulsory subject in all English & other medium schools up to Class X.
No new tax proposals in the budget speech.
Textbook assistance of Rs 1500 and Rs 2000 for student at graduate and post graduate levels.
Rs 1000 to 1 lakh students for textbooks.
Rs 2000 to each police constable monthly for ration.
Financial assistance to labourers for annual free health check up.
Hike in salary of front line forest guards in Kaziranga National Park protecting rhinos from poachers.
Development board for indigenous Muslims to be set up.
Knowledge of native language to be made mandatory for applying for state government jobs.
Bodo Kachari development council for the people of the community living outside BTAD.
Govt to set up 200 new schools in Assam to compete with private schools.
Special free bus (pink bus) service in Guwahati for women and senior citizens.
Rs 1,000 every month to each student in college and university to help pay their hostel dues.
20,000 girl toppers in plus two state board exam to get a scooty each.
Rs 18,000 to pregnant woman in tea gardens to take care of their health.
Every tea estate worker to get Rs 50,000 gratuity on the day of retirement.
Minister said from 54 lakh internet subscribers in 2015, today the population accessing internet has risen to 1.15 crore in Assam.
Subsidy will be offered on electricity tariff to every other consumer of state.
Tea garden workers and BPL families will get free electricity.
Himanta announces 18 Flagship Schemes whose implementation will be the topmost priority of the government throughout the year.
Rural youth self help groups to be created and each member will get Rs 50,000 as seed money and to automatically get all government contracts in rural areas.
Tea garden workers to get free sugar
51.39 lakh households to get free rice
Free rice under Anna Yojona
We have increased total expenditure by nearly Rs 30,000 crore over last three years which has a multiplier effect on the economy: Sarma
335 bridges have been converted to RCC and 220 new bridges built during the last four years: Himanta.
Govt has connected 69.66 lakh households in Assam with electricity
25000 villages in Assam have been electrified
Assam has achieved 100% household electrification: Sarma
“Assam’s GDP is currently stable.
The GDP growth rate of Assam for 2019-20 is 12.38 per cent.”
Said – Assam finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
However, the Assam government website has allegedly uploaded the Budget. It has created quite an uproar after which the website was closed down. But Northeast Now got access to some of the highlights of the Budget purportedly mentioned in the Budget. These are:
- Rs 1,05,246.23 crore earmarked for Assam Budget 2020-21
- Revenue earning expected to be at Rs 91,930.80 cr
- Under ‘A’ category, subsidy will be given to 38 lakh domestic power consumers
- Rs 15 crore granted in Budget for this purpose
- 30 unit of free power
- Subsidy of Rs 1.10 upto 120 units
- Governmen share claim in NRL is expected to be 13.65 per cent
- For the first time more than Rs one lakh crore earmarked in Budget
- Proposal to provide employement to 55,000 unemployed youth
- Budget expected to have several incentives for women, children and divyangs
- Rs 872 crore sanctioned for free rice for the year 2020-21
- Rs 220 crore under Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar scheme
- 102 schools will be opened in tea garden areas
- Hike of Rs 40,000 under Arundhati Swarna Yojana
- Proposal to institute Aideo Handique women award
Assam finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Tweeted –
On Friday March 6, I shall be presenting #AssamBudget for the 5th time, 2 pm onwards. You may like to:
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 5, 2020