BJP govt’s first budget: No new taxes, focus on education and culling migration
Finance minister Prakash Pant termed it a revenue deficit free budget. “It means the total revenue expenditure is less than the total revenue receipts for the current financial year,” according to an official note.dehradun Updated: Jun 08, 2017 21:11 IST
DEHRADUN: Reiterating its commitment to “zero tolerance for corruption” and striving to stop the forced migration from the hills, the Trivendra Singh Rawat government Thursday tabled ₹40,000 crore annual budget for 2017-18 in Vidhan Sabha.
Finance minister Prakash Pant termed it a revenue deficit free budget. “It means the total revenue expenditure is less than the total revenue receipts for the current financial year,” according to an official note.
The estimated revenue receipt for the year 2017-18 is ₹31,593 crore while the estimated tax revenue is ₹20893.76 crore. The total expenditure is expected to be around ₹39,957.79 crore.
“Zero tolerance towards corruption is the stated objective of our government and all the policies will be implemented with regards to that only,” chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on his government’s first budget.
Highlighting key points of the budget document, CM said, “We shall be implementing an e-file tracking (system) to expedite the work and (a) CM Dashboard (will be set up) to coordinate the work of all the government departments.”
The CM Dashboard would be set up so that the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has the “gist of all important information pertaining to all departments from time to time”, which would help in monitoring the latter’s functioning.
Rawat, who has already started a campaign to promote reverse migration, said that new hostel-based schools will be set up in hills to check migration. “Power for all, road to every village, and housing for all will be thrust areas,” he added.
“We shall also promote industries working in the field of 3Ts i.e. Science Technology, Bio Technology and Information Technology,” the chief minister tweeted. “The government will also promote run of the river power projects and “will also try to revive all stalled power project in the state.”
A budgetary provision has been made to ensure that residents of all villages could be trained by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) so that they can tackle disasters of any kind.
Ex-CM sits on token fast
Congress veteran and former chief minister Harish Rawat along with his supporters observed a token fast about one kilometre from the Vidhan Sabha to protest against the BJP government’s decision not to hold its budget session at Gairsain. Rawat couldn’t observe his token fast outside the assembly building due to the massive security arrangements in place.
The erstwhile Congress government had passed a resolution at Gairsain last year that the budget session would be held in the hill town.
The opposition party alleged that the BJP government failed to address the needs for employment and that there was no provision or plan to check migration from the hills.
In a statement,senior Congress leaders Pritam Singh and Indira Hridayesh said the budget was disappointing for the common man.“The state’s urgent needs are employment and means to check migration from hill areas, but the state government’s first budget doesn’t have any provision for the same. Farmers and workers are completely neglected in this budget. The government has not taken any step to arrest unemployment among the youth,” Singh said.
The Congress state president said the BJP had promised to pay the dues of sugarcane farmers within 15 days of coming to power but it failed to keep its promise.
“This budget is a disappointment for the people of Uttarakhand. The government has not given any thing to the poor and downtrodden section. Social welfare schemes are neglected while the youth is left high and dry. They talk about start ups but their budgets doesn’t speak about it. The government has betrayed the people despite the landslide victory they gave it,” Hridayesh said.