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Cabinet approves Rawat govt’s first budget and draft start-up policy

As part of the BJP government’s eco-friendly move, the Cabinet approved a proposal whereby the old practice of distributing hard copies of the annual budget would be stopped. “Instead, soft copies will be made available to ministers, officials and media persons,” an official said

dehradun Updated: Jun 01, 2017 20:56 IST
Deep Joshi
The Uttarakhand assembly’s Budget session is expected to start on a stormy note.
The Uttarakhand assembly’s Budget session is expected to start on a stormy note.(PICTURE COURTESY: ASSEMBLY WEBSITE)

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand Cabinet on Thursday gave nod to the Trivendra Singh Rawat government’s first annual budget 2017-18 and its draft of start-up policy.

The policy will be presented in the assembly during its 13-day budget session beginning June 8.

A decision to this effect was taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, according to sources. However, no media briefing was held about the decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting.

“The Council of ministers also cleared a plan to hike the annual pension of freedom fighters from Rs 11,000 to Rs 21,000,” an official told Hindustan Times.

Sources said the BJP government’s first annual budget would be a zero deficit budget. “It will also be a gender-equal budget having substantial financial allocation for schemes relating to women empowerment,” a source said. Rawat refused to say much about the annual budget. “It will be a good budget,” he told the media after the Cabinet meeting and refused to reveal the plan outlay of the maiden budget.

As part of the BJP government’s “maiden eco-friendly” move, the Cabinet approved a proposal whereby the old practice of distributing hard copies of the annual budget would be stopped. “Instead, soft copies will be made available to ministers, officials and media persons,” an official said, adding that the soft copies would be available in pen drives.

The draft start-up policy aims to check the forced migration from the hills by creating self-employment opportunities for the local youth, the official said. It would be based on the Centre’s ‘Start-up India’ programme. “It has, however, been tweaked a bit in view of the requirement of the state,” he said.

“The proposed policy offers incentives to three categories of unemployed--adults, adolescents and women,” a source said. The Cabinet also approved a plan to merge two schemes dedicated girls’ welfare— Nanda Devi Kanyadhan Yojna of the social welfare department and Gaura Devi Kanyadhan Yojna of the women and child development department. “The twin schemes have been integrated but beneficiaries will continue to get incentives,” an official said.