The Haryana budget presented by the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government on Monday aimed at giving a boost to rural sector.
Presenting the 2017-18 budget, which classified for the first time the rural and urban areas, in the state assembly, finance minister Capt Abhimanyu said he had attempted to identify the expenditure incurred by eight departments in rural areas and hiked the outlays for these.
He said that in 2016-17, the elementary education was estimated to spend its 91% outlay (Rs 7,296 crore), secondary education 88% (Rs 3,870 crore) and higher education department 17 % (Rs 288 crore) of the total Rs 11,825.67 crore in rural areas. However, this year’s budget has a total outlay of Rs 14,005 crore for education – an 18 % increase against the previous budget.
The women and child department was to spend its 87% (Rs 1,009.66 crore) in the revised estimates (RE) of previous budget, while this budget has an outlay of Rs 1,247.24 crore, which is 23.53 % higher.
The social justice and empowerment department had 70% (Rs 2,947 crore) in the 2016 budget, while in this budget its outlay is Rs 4,875 crore (16 % higher) and welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes, which had 43 % (Rs 331 crore) in the previous budget, has an outlay of Rs 736.84 crore in this budget, which is 7.4 % higher.
Likewise, while the public health engineering department was to spend 38 % (Rs 513 crore) of the total Rs 2,906.52 crore in the 2016-17 revised estimates, the present budget has an outlay of Rs 3,382.84 crore, which was 16.39 % higher.
For the electronics and IT department, which was estimated to spend 33 % (Rs 28 crore) of the total outlay of Rs 88 crore in the rural areas in the previous budget estimates, there is a hike of 41.57 % in this budget with an outlay of Rs 125.56 crore.
The agriculture and allied sector has an allocation of Rs 3,206.01 crore in 2017-18 as against Rs 2,698.80 crore in 2016-17 revised estimates, an increase of 18.79 %. This includes an outlay of Rs 1516.01 crore for agriculture, Rs 746.88 crore for animal husbandry, Rs 396.93 crore for horticulture, Rs 457.62 crore for forests and Rs 88.57 crore for fisheries.
For the irrigation and water resources sector, there is an increase in outlay by 13.62% from Rs 2397.68 crore in 2,016-17 revised estimates to Rs 2,724.26 crore for 2017-18, while for rural development, there is an allocation of Rs 4,963.09 crore this time, a whopping increase of 56.69 % over Rs 3,167.55 crore in 2016-17 revised estimates.