Modified full-time budget tabled in Gujarat Assy

Modified full-time budget tabled in Gujarat Assy

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Gandhinagar, Jul 2: Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Finance Minister Nitin Patel on Tuesday tabled the modified full-time budget of Rs 2,04,815 crore for FY 2019-20 in the state Assembly.

Earlier on February 20, Mr Patel had tabled a vote-on-account Budget, in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Education department has been allocated Rs 30,045 crore, while Rs 24,951 crore were reserved for Tribal Development.

Besides, Agriculture department received an allocation of Rs 7111 crore, while the Child and Woman Welfare department was allotted Rs 3138 crore and Rs 13149 crore were granted for the Urban Development department.

Energy and Petrochemical department were granted Rs 13094 crore, while Road and Housing got Rs 10058 crore.

The Panchayat and Rural Development was allotted Rs 8462 crore, while Social Justice and Empowerment was provided with Rs 4212 crore and Rs 6595 crore were reserved for Narmada department.

Labour and Employment department received Rs 1438 crore, while Water Supply got Rs 4300 crore and General Administration department was provided with Rs 2037 crore.

Rs 7157 crore were reserved for Water Resources, while Forest and Environment got Rs 1454 crore.

Mr Patel said emphasis has been laid in budget for the creation of jobs and in the next three years, 15 lakh employment opportunities would be created for the youth.

He also announced a new scheme for girl children, named Vhali Dikri Scheme, for which Rs 133 crore has been allocated.

Under this scheme, daughter among the first two children of the family, would be given financial assistance. Such children would get Rs 4,000 on their admission to standard one and Rs 6,000 on reaching class 9. They would get Rs one lakh, on attaining the age of 18.

In the budget, Rs 260 crore have been earmarked for the Statue of Unity project development and Rs 123 crore for the preservation of Asiatic lions. The government has also allocated a fund of Rs 60 crore to provide GPS system to the fishermen.

A provision of Rs 510 crore has been earmarked for further development of Ahmedabad Metro project and Rs 500 crore for preventing the pollution of rivers in the state.

The state government has also decided to include 5000 more class rooms in primary schools, allocating Rs 454 crore for the same.

Rs 1880 crore has been earmarked for the SAUNI project, which provides Narmada water to the dams of Saurashtra.

During the budget speech, Mr Patel also made several other announcements, including the opening of gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada, to provide irrigation water for the season, from July 4.

The fourth session of the 14th Gujarat Assembly would continue till July 25, in which there would be 16 working days. (UNI)