Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presenting the state budget at Assam Legislative Assembly on Friday
Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presenting the state budget at Assam Legislative Assembly on Friday|Twitter
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Assam Budget 2020-21: State govt announces 18 flagship programmes

CM Sarbananda Sonowal hails Budget 2020-21, says it’s ‘a budget for poor, farmers, women, youths, indigenous communities & every Indian citizen living in state’

Simran Bajaj

Simran Bajaj

Guwahati: Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced 18 flagship programmes in the state budget for FY 2020-21 presented on Friday in Assam Legislative Assembly.

Sarma said that the state will be acquiring an additional shareholding in NRL to take its total stake to 26%, ensuring that NRL remains a PSU; Rs 1,500 crore has been earmarked for the same.

Further, under Anna Yojana, he announced free rice for 57 lakh beneficiaries under National Food Security Act which will cost the state Rs 472 crore. Also, under Jotisman Asom, the FM said free electricity to all households with monthly consumption less then 30 units. This programme will instantly benefit 14 lakh families to cover their basic electricity needs.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal hailed the State Budget 2020-21 saying that it’s "a budget for the poor, the farmers, women, youths, indigenous communities and every Indian citizen living in the state."

Here are the major announcements made in state Budget 2020-21:

Redesigned ‘Swami Vivekananda Youth Empowerment Yojana’

• Creation of entrepreneurial support groups of youth on the lines of NRLM SHGs

• Each member of the group to receive a grant of Rs 50,000

• To encourage youth to engage in economically productive activities

• To cover 2,00,000 youths of the State

Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela

• 7,21,485 Tea Garden workers from 752 gardens received a benefit of Rs. 5000 each during FY 18-19

• To receive another Rs. 3000 each in FY 20-21

• Will drive financial inclusion of Tea Garden workers and inculcate banking habits

Welfare Schemes for the Tea Tribes and Adivasi

i. Wage compensation for pregnant women

• Wage compensation expanded from existing 6 months to 9 months

• Compensation increased to Rs. 18,000 to be paid in 6 installments

• Will support pre-natal and post-natal health checkups and provide nutritional security

ii. Educational Benefits

• One-time support of Rs. 10,000 to Tea Tribes & Adivasi students who pass HSLC and HSC exams

• Students will continue to receive same benefit provided they are still pursuing their academic course.

iii. Other Schemes

• 14,000 youths to get Rs. 25,000 each for starting entrepreneurial activities; additional 20,000 youths to get the same benefit in FY 20-21

• Smartphones for approx. 4000 Tea Garden Sardars

• Government to facilitate gratuity payment of approx. Rs. 50,000 to Tea Workers

• 300 km of roads in 300 tea garden divisions to be constructed

• 102 new high schools to ensure continuous education to children in tea gardens

• Renovation of 100 football grounds in tea garden areas

• Establishment of District & Block Programme Management Units for effective implementation of schemes

Arundhati

• Rs. 40,000 in lieu of 1 tola gold to newlywed brides with an annual family income of less than Rs. 5 Lakh.

• Mandatory Registration of Marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

Comprehensive Social Security Scheme

• One-time grant of Rs. 25,000 as family assistance to widows and ‘Widow Pension’ of Rs. 250 per month

• Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Briddha Pension Asoni: Rs. 250 per month to citizens above 60 years of age, 13 Lakh senior citizens covered so far. Additional 10% to be covered in FY 20-21

• Deen Dayal Divyang Sahayjya Asoni: Rs. 1000 per month to Divyangs in Assam

• Aideu Handique Mahila Samman Asoni, new pension scheme for unmarried/divorced/separated/single women above the age of 40 years-Rs. 250 per month

Vistarita Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Asoni

• Revolving fund of Rs. 25000 and Rs. 10000 for female SHGs

• Rs. 50000 to each SHG availing / eligible to avail bank loans, benefiting 1.04 lakh SHGs

• Scooters for Jeevika Sakhis along with monthly allowance of Rs. 500

Asom Mala

• Transformation of 57,617 Km of State highways and Major District and other Roads

• Rs. 250 Crore for upgradation of Industrial Roads in 7 districts

• 1000 timber bridges to be converted to RCC structures

Pragyan Bharati

• Admission fee waiver, free textbooks and uniforms in Government Schools

• Rs. 1000 to 1 Lakh students for textbooks

• Textbook assistance of Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2000 for student at graduate and postgraduate levels

• Rs. 1000 per month to all students towards their mess dues

• One time Education Loan Subsidy of Rs. 50000

• Scooties to 20,000 top-ranked female students in Class 12th

Assam Cancer Care Foundation

• 3 tier Cancer Care Grid

• State contributed Rs. 550 Crore and Rs. 250 Crore by Tata Trusts so far

• Construction in progress in 8 districts, Phase 1 within 2020-21

• Unified Technology Platform; 34,544 detections in 3 years

Bhraman Sarathi

• Free and dedicated bus services for women and senior citizens in Guwahati

• Pink buses in busiest routes will provide safe and comfortable rides

• Freeride in ASTC for youth appearing in examination / interviews

Asom Darshan

• Development of tourist spots and religious places of all faiths

• Rs. 10 Lakh transferred for infrastructure development to 915 religious institutions

• Rs. 2 Lakh Annuity Grant for each Devalaya in 2020-21

• Rs. 2.5 Lakh to 8000 Namghars for infrastructure

• Rs. 614 Crore for road connectivity improvement

Yuva Arohan

- Development of entrepreneurial mindset in youth for a ‘Resurgent Assam’

• Introduction of ‘Entrepreneurship’ as a curricular subject from Class XI onwards

• ‘Nano-entrepreneurship Grant’ as Seed Capital for real life projects

Sonalo Shaishab Rupali Pathsala

• Infrastructure development grant to school management committee

• Upgradation to be completed by October, 2020

• School infrastructure upgradation at Rs.25 Lakh per School for 200 Elementary Schools on pilot basis

Teachers Provincialization Drive

• Provincialisation of services of all teachers within August 2020

• Provincialisation of 20,288 teachers under consideration

Orunodoi

• Tectonic shift in Governance delivery and poverty alleviation

• Minimum guarantee to the poorest for nutrition and health

• Annually Rs. 10000 to 27 lakh poor households through Direct Benefit Transfer

• Rs. 400 for medicines and Rs. 430 for pulses, sugar and fruits & vegetables

• Transfer of money directly to the primary care-takers of households i.e. women

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