The Trivendra Singh Rawat government in Uttarakhand has directed officials to reorient the state budget 2017-18 in accordance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata party’s vision document for development.
Checking migration from the hills was one of the focus areas of the BJP’s vision document for development the party released before the assembly election.
“The (Rawat) government’s maiden annual budget will be based on our party’s comprehensive (vision) document for development,” said BJP state general secretary Naresh Bansal.
The financial plan will be passed in the assembly’s budget session to be convened sometime in June, he said.
Officials had drafted a standby annual budget anticipating a change of guard in the state after the assembly polls, sources said.
The Rawat government instead preferred to have an interim budget passed in the assembly while directing officials to revise the standby budget in keeping with the BJP’s vision document for development, some of them said.
“The annual budget currently being drafted will be a reflection of the (BJP’s) vision document for development,” said finance secretary Amit Negi.
“Directions have been issued to officials concerned,” he said.
“The chief secretary recently held a couple of meetings with officials where he directed them how to convert the vision document into reality.”
The budget making exercise will end by May 10 or mid June so that the financial plan can be passed during the assembly’s budget session.
The thrust areas in the proposed financial plan will “aim to check forced migration from the hills, which is one of the key focus areas” of the BJP’s vision document for development, an official, who did not wish to be named, said.
“It is one of the most comprehensive documents, which lays clear emphasis on strengthening horticulture, farm, health, medical, education and tourism sectors so that migration could be checked,” the official said.
“Strengthening of infrastructure and livelihood systems is another crucial aspect of the vision document.”
A note had been circulated among the departments, directing them to revise their schemes to suit the requirements of the vision document, said another official.
“Clear guidelines have also been issued to them how to translate the schemes on the ground so that budgetary allocations can be made for each scheme,” he said.
Officials said translating the vision document for development and implementing the schemes at the ground level will be an elaborate exercise.
The development schemes will not suffer due to lack of financial constraints as the BJP is at the helm at the Centre and the state, according to officials.