Jharkhand Budget for 2018-19 tabled

The Jharkhand government today tabled a Rs 80,200 crore budget for the financial year 2018-19 with an aim to double the income of rural households. In the state budget revenue expenditure stands at Rs 62,744.44 crore and capital expenditure Rs 17,455.56 crore.

Presenting the budget, Chief Minister Raghubar Das, who also holds the finance department, said the main focus of the state budget for next fiscal is to double the income of rural households and creating more job opportunities through self- employment.

The development of SC/ST and deprived section, women empowerment and all-round development of backward districts and blocks are other priority areas, he said in his budget speech in state legislative assembly.

The allocation for education sector increased 3.29 per cent to Rs 10,873.74 crore, out of which Rs 1,219.96 crore granted to higher education.

Technical education and skill development were provided Rs 831.40 crore in the budget as compared to Rs 704 crore allocated in the previous budget.

Central taxes contribute maximum 33.57 per cent to the state exchequer, whereas state taxes and grants-in-aid provide 24 per cent and 17.27 per cent, respectively, and borrowings constitute 13.72 per cent.

Rural development, including panchayat, attracted the maximum 14.68 per cent of the budget. Allocation of fund for education stood at 13.94 per cent, while agricultural & allied sector, including water resources, have been allocated 8.01 per cent.

The chief minister said that for agriculture purpose, hundred small cold storage will be constructed.

He also said skill development is the government’s one of the top priorities and work is on to set up Mega Skill Centre in every district to make youth skillful.

A total of 50,000 direct and 1.5 lakh indirect employment could be generated through new industries.

In big district headquarters, library-cum-motivation centre will be set up, and Startup cell will be started at university level.

Sports University enactment has been done so that sportpersons can receive all round development.

The budget also has provision to provide support for the development of bee-keeping, under which 25,000 farmers will be trained and connected with “Mithi Kranti Yojana” (apiculture). Alongside, processing, packaging and marketing of honey will also be encouraged.

A silk processing unit will be set up in Dumka and a silk park will be established in Ranchi and Kharsawan in public– private partnership mode.

Mukhyamantri Tirth Darshan Yojana will continue for the elderly persons.

“Laghu Kutir Udyog Haat” is proposed in five cities and divisional headquarters and pilgrimage centre.

Old age home in tribal areas are also proposed, Das said.

For the children of minority community, education and skill programmes will be implemented, he said.

To mitigate malnutrition , 48,000 ‘posan gardens’ (nutrition) will be set up in 400 villages.

A programme for SC/ST doctors will be launched in which if any SC/ST doctor construct hospital in SC/ST areas, they will be given up to Rs 50 lakh bank loan.

A ‘State Divyang Kalyan Kosh’ will be set up for specially-abled persons.

There is a proposal to increase women sakhi mandals from one lakh to 1.5 lakh to make them self-employed.

Women Empowered Centres will be established in twenty identified districts.

To promote dowry-less marriage, the organisers will be given Rs 1,000 for every couple.

The budget also has proposal of constructing 1,200 kilometre road and 30 big bridges.

Under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana, 40,000 houses will be completed.

In 27 municipal corporations, Dada-dadi park will be constructed.

Under the Swachch Bharat Mission the entire state will be declared ODF (open defecation free) in 2018/19.

Under law and order, six cities — Dumka, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Deoghar, Jamshedpur and Ramgarh — CCTV will be installed.

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