Guwahati: Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, introducing a budget mainly focused on the areas of capital expenditure and social security, have mainly targeted to provide financial aid to the lower classes of the society whose annual income is below Rs.5 lakh.
Sarma, elated to have present the 4th budget of the state for the fiscal year 2019-20, starts his budget speech paying tributes to Vaishnavite saint of Assam, Srimanta Sankardev: ‘Itu Bitupon, Dharma Sanatan Aakexe Kirtan, Kore Sdhujon.’
There are 18 key initiatives adopted by the BJP government in Assam which is also being termed as “Astadash Mukutar Unnoyonee Maala” (18 pearls of the chain of growth). The initiatives include-
- Affordable Nutrition & Nourishment Assistance Yojana
- Gyan Deepika
- Comprehensive social security schemes
- Vistarita Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Yojana
- Vistarita Atal Amrit Abhiyan
- Aapunar Apun Ghar
- Asom Darshan
- Asom Mala
- Mahabir Lachitaru Chilarai Setu Nirman Abhijan
- Assam Cancer Care Foundation
- Uberisation of ASTC
- Tejasvi Navadhitamastu Edu-Infra Funds
- Asom Adarsha Gram Yojana
- Uttoron – State Government Signature Projects for Legislative Constituencies
After presenting the Assam Budget for the financial year 2019-20, Sarma took to Twitter to further give an expanded look into each of the schemes that he introduced in the assembly. Speaking about the Asom Adarsha Gram Yojana, Darma said that they will focus on ensuring last mile delivery and holistic development of villages by implementing existing schemes, creating access to basic services, improving infrastructure, reducing economic disparities and enhancing the quality of living.
The State Finance minister also narrated about the ‘Tejasvi Navadhitamastu Edu Infra Fund’ which was adopted in Budget 2017-18 and under this scheme, the government is looking for the development of professional colleges and universities.
Sarma further stated that under the Uberisation of ASTC scheme, the state government intends to put 1000 new buses on roads over next 3 years.
The major announcements of the Budget include:
- Schemes to support Assamese diaspora living in different cities in the country with an initial budget of Rs 10 crore
- Schemes for promoting research on individual tribal languages with an initial budget of Rs.50 crore
- Schemes to carry out infrastructure projects in 6 large cities in the state, except for Guwahati for which Rs 2300 Crore is allocated.
- One time grant of Rs. 50000 for theatre artists and technicians who are in the industry for at least 5 years. A budget of Rs 5 crore is earmarked for the same.
- 50,000 cash incentive to 1000 sporting and art personalities
- Smartphones for 8000+ gaonburhas
- Funds of Rs. 25 crore to promote Charaideo Maidam as tourist spot.
- Special package to protect and preserve the cultural identity of Majuli
- A fund of Rs. 77 crore for comprehensive skill training to the youth
- Compensation package for boatmen who lost their services with the construction of Dhola-Sadia, Bogibeel bridges.
- Rs. 50 crore for the restoration activities of Sri Sri Batadrava Than.
Also read: Assam budget 2019: The key highlights