Himachal Pradesh budget 2019-20: Highlights

Himachal Pradesh budget 2019-20: Highlights

SHIMLA: The Chief Minister  Jai Ram Thakur presented a budget of Rs. 44, 387.73 crore in the Vidhan Sabha on 9th February, 2019.

The overarching theme of the budget is empathy, compassion, equity, justice and support for the rural areas and to touch every section of the society. The revenue receipts of 2019-20 are estimated at Rs.33,747 crore, Revenue expenditure is likely to be Rs.36,089 crore and the revenue deficit will be Rs.2,342 crore. The fiscal deficit is estimated at Rs.7,352 crore in 2019-20 which is 4.3% of GSDP. The net borrowing will be Rs.5,069 crore which is within the borrowing limit as per the FRBM Act.

  • The budget for 2019-20 has been prepared around a few major themes. These are:-
  • Empathy, compassion & equity for the weaker sections
  • Priority to Agriculture, Horticulture and allied sectors to supplement rural incomes.
  • Strengthening Physical Infrastructure, Tourism, Industry, Power Sector across the State.
  • Improved Livelihood Opportunities through skill Up gradation
  • Initiatives for Improving the social infrastructure in Education and Health Sectors.
  • Other Initiatives to Improve the quality of life of the common man.
  • The Budget highlights are as under:-
  • State Government has decided that 10 percent reservation will be provided to Economically Weaker Sections of general category in employment and educational institutions.
  • The social security pension proposed to be increased from the present Rs.750 to Rs.850 and Rs.1300 to Rs.1,500.  More than 5 lakh persons will be benefited.
  • One additional LPG refill cylinder will be provided, free of cost,  to  the beneficiaries of Himachal Grihani Suvidha Yojna and Ujjwala Yojna. Two lakh families will be benefited as a result in the next year. For new Ujjwala beneficiaries, State Govt. will bear the cost of  a cylinder, gas stove and gas pipe.
  • Daily wage increased by Rs.750 per month,  part time wages also will be raised. Honorarium  of  different categories   as Anganwari workers, Helpers, Mini Anganwari workers, Asha workers, Water Guards, Water Carriers in schools, Mid-Day Meal workers and Helpers, Pump Fitters, Para fitters, Panchayat Chowkidars, Revenue Chowkidars and SPOs increased.
  • Financial assistance increased for Housing for the poor. Rs.20,000 will be given from State resources over the existing grant of Rs.1,30,000 for house construction. The subsidy for repair of houses under Mukhya Mantri Aawas Yojna increased to Rs. 35,000
  •  “Yuva Navjeevan Board” will be setup under the Chief Minister to tackle trafficking and consumption of narcotics and rehabilitate addicted persons. The Board will comprise all important Government departments, public representatives and experts in the field of de-addiction and Rehabilitation. Five de-addiction and rehabilitation centres will also be established.
  • Sahara scheme started, under which financial assistance of Rs.2,000 per month to be given to patients suffering from grievous and debilitating conditions as such as Parkinson’s, Cancer, Paralysis, Muscular Dystrophy, Haemophilia, Thalassemia, Renal failure etc.
  • Diet allowance of people infected with HIV(AIDS) will be increased to Rs.1,500 per month. Assistance under “Janani Suraksha Yojna” increased to Rs.1,100.
  • Mobile Diagnostic Vans will be introduced to diagnose and prevent breast and cervical cancer.
  • Widows less than 45 years will be provided reservation for admission into Nursing Institutions and ITI’s and will  be assisted in upgrading their skills and getting employment. Widows/Deserted  women  to be provided increased child care support of  Rs. 6,000 per child.
  • After Care Homes will be established for orphans residing in Government Bal Ashrams after completing the age of 18 years. They will be provided training under Flexi ITI scheme.
  • MNREGA workers, who work for more than 50 days and widows getting social security pension will now get HIMCARE Scheme health benefits without any premium. Persons working on outsourcing basis will also get benefits of this scheme after paying a nominal premium.
  • The Annual plan of Rs 7100 crore  focuses on increasing  farm productivity, developing rural infrastructure, developing new sources of Irrigation , Flood Control and social services.
  • State Government will immediately take steps to implement the newly announced Central Government PM Kisan Yojna . Over 8.5 lakh families expected to get the benefit under the Central scheme.
  • Several Schemes and programmes for farmers announced. These include Rs 150 crore Mukhya Mantri Nutan Polyhouse Yojna, higher budget outlay for Anti Hailnet,   irrigation and flood control schemes, Mukhya Mantri Khumb Vikas Yojna, Subsidy upto Rs. 25,000 on Indigenous cow breeds, Rs 2 per litre increase in milk procurement price etc. Schemes launched in last budget will also be geared up.
  • The  Government has got approval for  projects worth Rs.10,300 crore from Government of India for externally aided projects due to its persistent efforts and liberal help of the PM Sh. Modi led Central Government . Most of the projects are aimed at uplifting the rural economy by providing support to agriculture, irrigation, water supply and energy.
  • 50 % Subsidy to be provided under “Mukhya Mantri Swajal Yojna”   for up to 50 metre length pipe to provide water connections for poor households. Under “Mukhya Mantri Roshni Yojna” service, no connection charges will be payable by the  poor householders applying for new power connection from HPSEB.
  • 500 habitations of the State will be provided with safe drinking water supply.
  • A scheme for “Doubling of Farmers’ Income through Water Conservation and other Activities” will be started with the assistance of Asian Development Bank. Rs. 708 crore recommended for first phase.
  •  “Himachal Pradesh Flood and River Management Project” with the first phase costing Rs.1,235 crore and second phase costing Rs.1,850 crore has been recommended  for  external assistance.
  • A new Rs 423 crore “Integrated Mushroom Development Project” will be started with external assistance after getting necessary approval from the Government of India.
  •  “Himachal Pradesh Sub Tropical Horticulture, Irrigation and Value Addition (SHIVA)” project with a total cost of Rs.1,688 will be started with external assistance in Sub Tropical areas to improve farming practices and increase incomes .
  • Breeding farm for Sahiwal and Red Sindhi Cows will be established with a total cost of Rs.11.21 crore and Embryo Transfer Technology will be used for their promotion.
  • Goats will be provided at a subsidy of 85 percent to the farmers living below poverty line.
  • Better quality breeds of sheep will be imported. A farm for Murrah buffaloes will be set-up at a cost of Rs. 11 crore. One Gokul Gram will be set up in the State.
  • Additional capacity of 50,000 litre per day will be installed in Duttnagar and Chakkar Milk Processing Plants.
  • Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna will be started to promote rural crafts and artisanship.
  • A new Mukhya Mantri Green Technology Transfer Scheme will be started.
  • Integrated Cooperative Development Projects will be started in Una and Chamba Districts.
  • Work on Nadaun and Phina Singh Medium Irrigation Schemes will be expedited.
  • The execution of Swan River Flood Management Project and Chhonch Khad Channelization Project will be speeded up.
  • 26,000 old wooden poles will be replaced with steel poles in rural areas to strengthen rural electrification structure.
  • Power tariff for irrigation supply to farmers reduced to 50 Paisa per unit.
  • The Government will bring out a new Micro Small and Medium Industrial Policy.
  • Global Investors Conference to be held in Dharamshala.
  • Pong Area Development Board to be constituted for integrated development of Tourism and to develop local culture
  • A new tourism policy will be brought out and Master Plan for promoting Eco-Tourism will be prepared. To promote Home Stay, the existing room limit will be increased to 4 rooms instead of 3 rooms.
  • Tourism Infrastructure Development Project with a cost of Rs.1,892 crore recommended by the Government of India for assistance  from ADB.
  • Heli Taxi services to be launched to connect more towns of the State
  •  “Shiv Dham” will be established in Mandi district to attract tourists.
  • Integrated Public Transport Management System will be started in the HRTC.
  • The State owned Ropeway Corporation RRTDC will conduct pre-feasibility study to establish “Overhead Mass Rapid Transportation System” in Shimla and Manali Towns.
  • A new electric vehicle policy will be brought out.
  • 750 kilometres new roads, small bridges and  culverts on 850 kilometres roads, 1,500 kilometres tarred roads and 50 bridges will be constructed which will connect 50 new villages.
  • Non-conventional material and new technique approved by the Indian Road Congress will be used for construction and maintenance of roads, on a pilot basis.
  • Hydel Projects with an installed capacity of 500 MW will be commissioned. These include the 111 MW Sawra-Kuddu and the 100 MW Uhl Hydel Projects in the State Sector. Execution of Chanju-3 and Deothal Chanju hydel projects to be started.
  • The age limit and investment limit under “Mukhya Mantri Swablamban Yojna” will be increased to provide greater employment and investment opportunities.
  • One lakh youth to be trained under Skill Development Allowance Scheme
  • 40,000 youth to be trained and provided skill training by HP Kaushal Vikas Nigam.
  • Mukhya Mantri Gram Kaushal Yojna will be started to improve skills of rural artisans.
  • Skill Development Programme will be started for Divyang Jans under a new scheme “Navdharana”.
  • 50 ITIs will be upgraded which will enable intake of 5,500 additional students.5 new ITIs to be started in Bhanjraroo, Tissa, Amboya , Sataun and Ladbharol. New Polytechnics to be opened in Karsog and Dalash.
  • A new “Khel Kood Pratibha Khoj Karyakram” will be started.

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