The SAD-BJP government in order to give a push to the small-scale industry in the state has allocated Rs 100 crore.
Since the government came to power for the second consecutive term in Punjab in 2012, its prime focus area has been to usher in an era of industrial development to boost the sluggish state economy and to generate employment.
The government, in its annual plan outlay for industry and minerals, has kept Rs 161 crore, which is 0.76% of the total outlay. The outlay for industry and minerals in 2014-15 was Rs 15.15 crore.
In his bid to encourage the micro and small scale industrial units, finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa proposed to launch an “entrepreneurship development programme” for a period of five years.
Under the programme, an interest subvention at the rate of 3% will be provided on the loan taken to set up a micro or small enterprise with investment of up to Rs 5 crore. Therefore, for the year 2015-16, an allocation of `100 crore has been provided for the scheme which is part of the total outlay on industry for the next fiscal.
It is interesting that the SAD-BJP government has woken up to save the micro and small industrial units though during the Punjab industrial policy announced in 2013, the state government had provided no relief package for their revival.
During the governor’s address, the SAD-BJP government had expressed concern about the liberal tax concessions offered by the neighbouring states that had hit the Punjab industry badly and how it had stopped fresh investments in the state. The government also mentioned that there had been an alarming flight of existing capital from Punjab to other states. However, in the budget presented on Wednesday, the government is silent about tackling the aforesaid menace.
The government also plans to bring in One Time Settlement (OTS) policy under which hundreds of small scale industrial units financed by Punjab Financial Corporation (PFC) are likely to be revived. The FM said many borrowers were unable to pay loans to the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), PFC and Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Limited (PAIC). The scheme would benefit them, he claimed.
Rs 10 crore has been allocated for setting up focal points and Rs 1 crore for Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology.
Rs 3,008 crore for health
A provision of Rs 3,008 crore has been kept in the annual budget for the health and family welfare sector. This would be for establishment of primary rural rehabilitation and drug de-addiction centres in the state. Rs 50 crore will be for medical insurance for the poor. The FM said the state government is setting up a Medicity near Mullanpur in Mohali which would have known names in health care.
The FM also proposed to support the medical health insurance scheme introduced by the government last year. Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojana will provide cashless medical treatment through smart cards to 30 lakh bluecard holder families in addition to 4.5 lakh BPL families. The scheme will provide protection to about 1.5 crore population of economically weaker households.
Hospitalisation expenses up to Rs 30,000 would be met in empanelled government and private hospitals.
The government has earmarked `50 crore for establishing primary rural rehabilitation and drug de-addiction centres in the state.
Under the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund Act, 2013, the government has collected Rs 172 crore for creation of cancer and drug-de-addiction treatment infrastructure.
The state is under the process of starting state-of-the-art 5-bed drug de-addiction centres at Bathinda, Faridkot, Patiala, Jalandhar and Amritsar. Besides, 31 ten-bed drug de-addiction centres would be upgraded.
Education standards to be raised
To upgrade the standard of school education, an outlay of Rs 8,318 crore has been kept in 2015-16.
Major outplays include Rs 890 crore for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Rs 277 crore for mid-day meal scheme, `90 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Rs 310 crore for the ICT project to impart computer education from Classes 6 to 12. These are all centrally sponsored schemes. The Punjab government has kept Rs 20 crore for strengthening the senior secondary schools for girls and Rs 20 crore for the vocational education programme.
The government plans to increase the capacity of six residential schools from 500 to 1,000 students meant for meritorious students from poor families. The Punjab government also proposes to recruit 2,342 teachers to upgrade the quality of education.
The government has earmarked Rs 782 crore for higher education. Under the Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), two new model degree colleges at Pathankot and Ferozepur and two new professional colleges — one in the aeronautical sector and the other in sports at Patiala — will be opened.
The state government allocated Rs 20 crore for Panjab University, Chandigarh, Rs 60 crore for Punjabi University, Patiala, Rs 50 crore for Guru Nanak Dev University and Rs 250 crore for grants-in-aid to aided private institutions.
Rs 1,874 crore for social security
The government has allocated Rs 1,874 crore for social security in 2015-16. The government has allocated Rs 11 crore for Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao campaign which would be launched in 11 districts. It has allotted Rs 692 crore for old-age and other pensions to 20 lakh beneficiaries. For integrated child development services, the government will provide supplementary nutrition to cover 15 lakh children and pregnant mothers and will construct buildings of anganwadi centres.
CM Parkash Singh Badal’s departments
Science, technology & environment
The government has earmarked Rs 44.88 crore for developing science and technology and environment in the state compared to the outplay plan of`126 crore in 2014-15.
The government plans to develop forestry and plantation along roads in the Malwa region. It plans to devlop Kanjli, Rupnagar and Nangal wetland projects. It also plans rehabilitation of waterlogged and degraded areas through bio-drainage and agro-forestry and other plantation activities.
To curb corruption, the government has earmarked Rs 3 crore as compared to Rs 5 crore during 2014-15. The government also plans to provide better infrastructure in terms of offices and equipment to make the bureau more efficient.
A total amount of Rs 680 crore has been earmarked for the cooperation department. This would include largely the loans to be provided to sugar cooperatives for payment of sugarcane growers. This would also include financial assistance to dairy cooperatives for strengthening dairy processing in Punjab.
A total plan outlay for the development of civil aviation facilities has been earmarked at Rs 13 crore as compared to Rs 12 crore in the previous year. This includes extension of existing airfields and airports and construction of new heliports in Punjab and acquisition of land for these. The government also plans to upgrade training and infrastructure facilities at the flying institutes of Punjab.
Deputy chief minister’s departments
Home and justice
To keep the law and order situation in the border state under control, the government has allocated Rs 5,638 crore in the 2015-16 fiscal. Around 90% of this allocation comprises the monthly salaries of the police force and the judicial staff. This also includes Rs 110 crore for infrastructure facility for judiciary, Rs 30 crore for prevention of crime and improvement of police-public relations and Rs 1 crore for setting up of suvidha centres. The crime and criminal tracking network and system project is under implementation. To make traffic enforcement and crime prevention more effective, a safe city project using latest available technology is being initiated in Amritsar and Ludhiana.
The project for setting up of 2,174 unified delivery centres – sewa kendras (1,750 in rural areas and 424 in urban areas) would be made operational by the first week of July 2015 and 50 services would be provided to citizens at their doorstep. Under National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), broadband connectivity to more than 12,000 gram panchayats of the state would be provided.
Housing and urban development
The total provision for urban sector is pegged at Rs 3,126 crore for the year 2015-16. The state government will work actively to drive maximum advantage under the newly announced schemes of the union budget 2015-16 which are mission for development of 100 smart cities, Urban Rejuventation Mission-500 habitations and Sardar Patel urban housing scheme.
Other major housing initiatives include Ecocity, to be developed in an area of 310 acres. For Medicity, 160 acres of land has been acquired. For Educity, GMADA is in the process of acquiring 309 acres of land, and Rs 300 crore was proposed to be spent in 2015-16.
Excise and taxation
Punjab plans to increase its excise revenue for the year 2015-16 from Rs 4,680 crore to Rs 5,040 crore (Rs 360-crore increase). It also plans to raise Rs 235 crore revenue by levying education, sports and culture cess on the sale of liquor. The state plans to sell Rs 39.05 crore liquor bottles in Punjab in the next fiscal with special emphasis on Punjab Medium Liquor (PML), also popularly known as country liquor.
The FM proposed a plan outlay of Rs 76 crore for the development of sports in Punjab for 2015-16. The government plans to admit 3,000 talented players in sports wings of schools and colleges. This will be in addition to the players admitted to Punjab Institute of Sports (PIS) at Mohali which will have a budget of Rs 50 crore annually.
The government has earmarked Rs 7-crore grant-in-aid to the sports council for development of sports, Rs 6.5-crore for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan scheme for developing sports infrastructure in the state, Rs 1 crore for rural youth and sports clubs and Rs 7 crore for the National Service Scheme. A hockey stadium will be constructed at Ferozepur at a cost of Rs 10.31 crore.
Youth services and development of skills
The government has proposed to spend Rs 200 crore to enhance employability of youth and to empower them with skills in tune with industry. The government plans to set up multi-skill development centres; one in each district in a phased manner. In the first phase, centres are being set up in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Rupnagar. To provide skill training, 2,000 skill training centres for girls and 500 for boys will be opened at the village level in government schools.