Arunachal govt presents its deficit budget; major thrust on health and education sectors 

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Itanagar, July 15: The Aruanchal Pradesh government, in its annual budget has given more thrust on employment generation through skill development, health and education sectors. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Wednesday presented a deficit budget for the financial year 2015-16, with total revenue pegged at Rs 12,533.62 crore.

The budget estimate shows a receipt of Rs 12,533.62 crore under the Consolidated Fund of the state of which Rs 11,635.68 crore is on the Revenue Account and Rs 897.94 crore in the Capital Account.

The total expenditure from the Consolidated Fund under Non-Plan is estimated at Rs 5,980.06 crore of which Rs 5,590.64 crore is on the Revenue Account and Rs 389.42 crore on the Capital Account. The expenditure under Plan is estimated at Rs 6,583.15 crore of which Rs 3,712.09 crore in on the Revenue Account and Rs 2,871.06 on the Capital Account.Tuki, who also holds the finance portfolio, said in his budget speech that he proposed a tentative allocation of Rs 1941.19 crore in the social sector which is 20 per cent more than last year's allocation. "I propose to keep a provision of Rs 778.25 crore for education (34 per cent more than last year), Rs 346.18 crore for health (22 per cent increase) and Rs 279.38 for water supply, an increase of 41 per cent over last year’s allocation," the chief minister said.

The Budget also proposed an allocation of Rs 1,055.82 crore on infrastructure sector which is an increase of 23 per cent over 2014-15 allocation. For agriculture and allied sectors including water resources, Rs 630.57 crore has been proposed, which is 20 per cent increase over last year, he said.

The state government in March presented a Vote on Account for four months due to non-finalisation of detailed Demands of Grants due to changes in funding pattern of central schemes and transition period of replacement of Planning Commission by the Niti Aayog.

"The debt-GSDP ratio during the current fiscal is 23.88 per cent, which is below the prescribed norm of 25 per cent," Tuki said adding, the net borrowing ceiling for the current financial year for Arunachal had been set at Rs 533 crore by the Centre which is 3 per cent of the GSDP. Saying that the Budget proposed to keep the Gross Fiscal Deficit-GSDP ratio at less than 3 per cent, Tuki said the Gross Fiscal Deficit of the Budget estimate is 2.90 per cent of GSDP which would primarily be through market borrowing from RBI. 

He said, the government proposed to make a budget provision of Rs 200 crore for uploading of the National Pension Scheme contribution, which would cover a legacy period from January 2008 to December 2014.

Tuki also mentioned that an ambitious target of 30,000 job creation was kept for this year including self-employment generation towards fulfillment of the target of one lakh employment by the end of 12th Five Year Plan.

"It is proposed to ensure compulsory self-employment of at least one member in each family and respective DCs will identify such families. For effective implementation of this programme, a Cabinet Committee on Employment Generation has been proposed," he said.

On the health sector, he said the government proposed to start low cost generic drug store in all districts in convergence with the Centre's Jan Aushadhi scheme for this year. While Rs 10 crore has been proposed for procurement of medicines, another Rs 2 crore would be there for procurement of machineries and equipment for five general hospitals and 12 district hospitals.

Tuki said under education sector, Rs 50 crore has been earmarked as the state's matching share against central schemes like SSA, Mid Day Meal and RUSA, besides Rs 25 crore for repair of hostels and teachers' quarters, Rs 5 crore for school furniture and 20 crore against stipends.

"The tentative physical target for constructing 19,200 individual household latrine (IHHL), 300 sanitary complex and 300 solid waste management schemes, I propose to provide Rs 17.66 crore at the rate of Rs 9200 per household in addition to central share of Rs 10800 as cost of IHHL and implement the scheme as Swatch Arunachal Mission," he said.

He said an amount of Rs 15 crore was proposed for rubber cultivation along with Rs 5 crore for tea cultivation. An amount of Rs 30 crore has been proposed for effective implementation of the Chief Minister's Universal Health Insurance Scheme besides increasing in health cover from existing Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh under the scheme.

Also, an amount of Rs 12.70 crore has been earmarked for VIDYA, a flagship programme of the state to encourage girl child education, with a proposal for enhancing the amount to Rs 10,000 for each girl.

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