AGARTALA, March 10 � Tripura Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury on Thursday presented an annual budget of Rs 6859.45 crore for the financial year 2011-12, an increase by of about 9 per cent.
The tax-free budget has a revenue deficit of Rs 246.58 crore. Of the total budget, the plan size will consist of Rs 1810.48 crore, an increase of 21 per cent compared to last year.
Of this, the government will spend Rs 1449.65 cr on education (21.13%), Rs 662.91 cr on public works (9.66%), Rs 667.89 on security purpose (9.74%), Rs 274.51 crore on healthcare and Rs. 626.65 crore on agriculture (9.14 %).
Presenting the Budget in the absence of Opposition MLAs who walked out of the House over an initiative of privilege motion against a local daily, the Finance Minister said that adequate fund has been provided for development activities and plan size has increased by about 21.3 per cent over revised estimated.
�Adequate State share for Central-sponsored schemes like MGMREGA, IAY and Bharat Nirman has been provided and employment generation will be increased through these development works,� he said.
Chwodhury said that the government would continue to pursue its mantra of development and focus on key areas � health, education, roads, education and agriculture.
The most important announcement was the proposal to set up a degree college and three poly technique colleges in rural areas. Besides, as many as 12 health sub-centres of Indian health standard, construction of six Primary Health Centres (PHCs) will also be taken up during the upcoming financial year.