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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh recently presented a pro-village, pro-farmer and pro-poor budget with an outlay of Rs 83,096 crore for the fiscal year 2018-19. The state government stressed on welfare of farmers, development of agricultural sector, prosperity of labourers, poor and tribals, rural and infrastructure development.
Chhattisgarh has the lowest interest burden in the country and is able to maintain fiscal responsibility and budget management (FRBM). The Chief Minister, who also holds Finance portfolio, increased the share for agriculture sector this year by 29 percent at Rs 13,480 crore and allocated Rs 2518 crore for various irrigation schemes.
For promotion of agricultural graduates to become entrepreneurs a new scheme called “Chalo Gaun Ki Or” (Let's move to villages) through agriculture university would be launched.
The budget incorporated Rs 2,770 crore under the Mukhyamantri Khadyan Sahayta Yojana that caters to the legal entitlement of food to poor families of the state. A big budget allocation of Rs 12,472 crore has been made to school education. 129 schools will be upgraded from middle to high schools and 130 high schools to be upgraded to higher secondary schools. The total allocation for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe component is Rs 20645 crore.
Singh has kept provision of Rs 9222 crore for rural development, Rs 7187 crore for public works department (PWD).
On budget estimation for 2018-19 the total revenue is estimated to be Rs 72,868 crore which includes central schemes assistance of Rs 15713 crore. State’s own revenue is estimated to be Rs 34,200 crore which 9.88 percent higher than the last year. Gross fiscal deficit is estimated to be Rs 9997 crore in budget which is 2.69 percent of GSDP.
With a total of Rs. 78,623 crore set aside for the state’s development, the chief minister said that Chhattisgarh’s GDSP growth at 6.65% is projected to be higher than India’s at 6.5%.
- Agriculture department budget has been raised by 95% to Rs. 4,452 crore which includes Rs. 2,107 crore for Paddy
- Rs. 184 crore for interest-free short term agricultural loans, Rs. 2,518 crore for irrigation
- Anganwadi supplementary nutrition rates will be revised. For children the new rate would be Rs. 8 per day instead of Rs. 6, for pregnant women it would be Rs. 9.50 instead of Rs. 7, for teenage girls it will be Rs. 9.50 instead of Rs. 5. Provision of Rs. 735 crores has been for the supplementary nutrition scheme.
- State Govt will provide bonus on Minor Forest Produce (MFP) for 2017-18 on following rates, for Sal beej 1 rs for 12 rs, for Harra 3 rs for 8 rs, for Imli 7 rs on 18 rs, for Mahua beej 2 rs for 20 rs, for Kosmi lac 33 rs for 167 rs, for Chironji guthli 12 rs for 93 rs will be provided. This will benefit MFP collectors from more than 12 lakh families
- Prayaas Vidyalayas, a government initiative to educate children from tribal and naxal-affected areas free of cost, will be extended. Class 9 will be started in Ambikapur, Bastar and Durg; Class 11 will be started in Kanker. Korba and Jashpur will have new Prasyaas residential schools. All Prayaas students getting admissions in IIT or NIT will be provided laptops.
- New Scheme - Mukhyamantri Kaushal Swarojgar Yojana - for grant with bank loans for self employment among youth
- Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana: Rs. 315 crore, Mukhyamantri Swasthya Bima Yojana: Rs. 131 crore to provide health insurances to the people