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Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein, who is also state finance minister, presented the Budget for the year 2019-20 on the floor of the House on Monday
Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein, who is also state finance minister, presented the Budget for the year 2019-20 on the floor of the House on Monday|File image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal Budget eyes revenue collection of Rs 21k cr in 2019-20

State Budget plans total receipt of Rs 22,393.45 crore this year as against the total figure of Rs 21,301.83 crore in revised estimates for the year 2018-19

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Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has fixed the projected revenue receipts for the year 2019-20 at Rs 20,857.92 crore and capital receipts at Rs 1,535.53 crore making the total receipt of Rs 22,393.45 crore this year as against the total receipt of Rs. 21,301.83 crore in revised estimates for the year 2018-19.

For the development of road infrastructure, the state government is also planning to invest total amount of Rs 400 crore. For this purpose, the state government proposes to allocate Rs 100 crore during this year.

The state has projected its Own Tax Revenue at a level of Rs 1,440 crore. The Non- Tax Revenue projection for 2019-20 has been pegged at Rs 1,050 crore. Thus, the estimated State’s Own Revenue Generation is Rs 2,490 crore during 2019-20.

In the Budget estimates of 2019-20, Projecting Revenue Expenditure has been fixed at Rs 13,406.78 crore for the year 2019-20 as against revised estimate of Rs 13,483.45 crore in 2018-19. In the 2017-18, the actual Revenue Expenditure was Rs 10,900.47 crore.

In the Budget estimates of 2019-20, Projecting Capital expenditure, including loan components has been fixed at Rs 8,602.19 crore for the year 2019-20 as against revised estimates of Rs 7,821.64 crore in 2018-19. In 2017-18, the actual capital expenditure, including loan component, was Rs 3,625.41 crore. Thus, the focus of the government will be on realistic increases in capital expenditure to create assets in the state for overall development of the state.

Presenting the state Budget for the year 2019-20 on the floor of the House on Monday, state deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, who is also the finance minister, said that the state government is planning to give benefits of government schemes to the land-less and marginalised farmers first, remove all types of intermediaries and implement the schemes by involving the self-help groups (SHG) and Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).

To achieve this target, the state government is aiming to benefit at least 90,000 farmers in Arunachal Pradesh by the year 2022. It also proposes to expand the coverage of the CM Sashakt Kisan Yojana to include various horticulture crops. Accordingly, a fund provision of Rs 95.7 crore is proposed to be allocated for the Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana.

The budget also proposes to allocate an amount of Rs 6 crore this year for preparation of Natural Resource inventory for micro-level agricultural planning in three potential districts of Arunachal Pradesh which will optimise food production by adopting remote sensing techniques.

State budget was presented on the floor of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Monday
State budget was presented on the floor of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Monday
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“One of the major demands from the villages is to provide fencing materials for community lands to protect the valuable farm produce. We plan to converge MIDH scheme with MGNREGS and this year, we will be taking fencing of farm lands as a major activity under MGNREGS,” the minister said.

To boost the income of farmers and end the intermediaries, the state budget proposes to set up four wholesale market-cum-auction centres with e-NAM facilities from its own resources at Pasighat, Namsai, Kimin and Bhalukpong at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The project will be completed in two years. The government will also be setting up R&D centre for kiwis at Ziro and R&D centre for oranges at Roing. For this purpose, the government proposes to allocate Rs 2 crore each.

“Our state has huge potential in dairy development. We are in talks with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to tap this potential so that the dairy farmers’ income is enhanced and the state gets plentiful supply of milk. If implemented properly, this can increase farmer’s income manifold within short span of time. An allocation of Rs 35 crore is proposed to be allocated under Chief Minister’s White Revolution Scheme to implement the same in five potential districts, namely, West Kameng, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Namsai and Lohit,” the state budget said. It also proposes Rs. 6.47 crore for assistance to the beneficiaries. The state government has also decided to upgrade the Sille government farm in East Siang district under sericulture department and an amount of Rs 3.5 crore has been allocated in the Budget.

In order to discourage jhum cultivation, a provision of Rs 10 crore has also been proposed for terrace cultivation.

In the health scenario, the state government has introduced health assurance scheme, Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana, which gives medical cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The scheme was converged with the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat Insurance Scheme for better administration and common facilities.

“Till today, the scheme has enrolled almost half the number of the families in the state and is being availed by a large number of people for their health needs. It is proposed to allocate Rs 25 crore as grants-in-aid to CMAAY Society for running the scheme,” the state finance minister added. For successful implementation of the Mukhya Mantri Rogi Kalyan Kosh, an amount of Rs 30 crore has been proposed.

For purchase of specialised equipment, the budget proposes grant-in-aid of Rs 50 crore to Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences Society this year.

“The capital city of Itanagar does not have any government hospital which creates hardship for its citizens. Itanagar is also frequently visited by VIPs for which proper hospital and emergency care services are required. It is proposed to start a 200-bedded hospital with emphasis on maternal, child healthcare and ophthalmology services at Itanagar and the same will also function as eye centre of TRIHMS College. It is proposed to earmark Rs 10 crore initially for the project this year,” the minister added.

For the empowerment of women, development of children and curbing drug abuse, the Budget proposal for the year 2019-20 has announced with various schemes.

Under the Chief Minister’s Social Security Scheme, pension amount, being given under various Central schemes, was increased. In 2018, the state government enhanced the pension for old-age pensioners and widows to Rs 1,500 for persons between the age of 60 to 79 years and to Rs 2,000 for those aged 80 years and above. Similarly, for persons with disability, the pension was increased to Rs 2,000 from the earlier amount of Rs 200 to 500. The budget proposes to continue this scheme and earmark an outlay of Rs 83 crore against the Central government’s allocation of Rs 15 crore.

An outlay of Rs. 52 crore is proposed for the Chief Minister’s Samast Shiksha Yojana to focus on decentralised planning under the direct supervision of deputy commissioners. An amount of Rs 8 crore has been allocated for the Chief Minister’s Adhunik Pathshala Yojana.

The state government has also decided to provide Rs 1,000 annually for elementary school students and Rs 2,500 annually for Class IX to Class XII students in Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode for purchase of school uniforms. For this, Rs 33.75 crore has been proposed in this year’s budget.

The state government has also proposed to set up a National Cadet Corps (NCC) academy here and for this purpose, an amount of Rs 25 crore will be provided during a period of three years.

“I propose to allocate Rs 5 crore in the current financial year for establishing NCC Academy in Itanagar Capital Complex. There are 9,762 NCC cadets in the state. Altogether 50% NCC cadets are provided uniform by Government of India. I propose to provide uniform for the rest of NCC cadets and earmark a sum of Rs 1 crore for this purpose,” the minister said.

Proposals like providing health cards for all students studying in government schools under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), along with various initiatives have been taken for successful implementation of schemes like Girl Hygiene Scheme CM Vidya Scheme, infrastructure development of Arunachal State University at Pasighat, CM Yuva Kaushal Yojana, Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY NRLM), Chief Minister’s Paryatan Shiksha Yojana-I (CMPSY-I), Chief Minister’s Paryatan Shiksha Yojana-II (CMPSY-II), etc.

Various schemes have also been taken to unlock tourism potential, improvement in the field of sports and youth welfare, for clean and green environment, exploring mineral resources, etc.

The state government is also planning to start new training and leadership programmes for in-service/ mid-career government officers at all levels in collaboration with premier institutions like Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration Mussoorie, National Institute of Administrative Reforms, etc. For this, the Budget proposes to earmark Rs 5 crore. For creation of infrastructure of new districts, an amount of Rs 100 crore has been proposed.