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Tuki presents deficit budget for 2015-16

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, July 15 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki presented a Rs 514.87 crore deficit budget for the financial year 2015-16 in the State Assembly on Wednesday.

While making a mention of the changed scenario of funding by Government of India and giving a brief account on State finances, Tuki told the House that the philosophy of his government was �hinged on the agenda for a developed Arunachal Pradesh centering mainly around three themes. They are: a) swasth (health), shiksha (education) and skill, b) communication, airways, road and electricity (CARE) and c) minerals, agriculture & allied sectors, tourism and hydropower (MATH).�

Tuki said 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, Rs 346.18 crore for health sector and Rs 279.38 for water supply�, he added.

His focus in this budget will be self-employment generation for the unemployed Arunachalee boys and girls. He proposed 30,000 job creation this year including self-employment generation towards fulfillment of the target of one lakh employment by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan.

Under health sector, it proposes setting up of low-cost generic drug stores in all district hospitals, construction of six new district hospital buildings at Doimukh, Longding, Namsai, Lower Siang, Siang, and Kra-Daadi; and Rs 30 crore budgetary provision for CM�s Universal Health Insurance Scheme.

Tuki said, for ensuring smooth flow of fund meant for Centrally Sponsored Schemes like SSA, MDM, RUSA, I propose to allocate Rs 50 crore as State matching share. The budget also proposes Rs 25 crore for repair of schools, hostels and teachers� quarters and Rs 20 crore for timely disbursement of students� stipends.

The budget also proposes Rs 20.68 crore for integrated development of the agriculture sector. Rs 50 crore budgetary provision for housing for police personnel, MLALAD Fund enhanced from existing Rs 1.25 crore to Rs 1.50 crore, enhancement of State Government employees� DA from 107 per cent to 113 per cent with effect from January 1, 2015.

The budget also proposed raising of corpus fund for working journalists from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 1 crore, colour TV for each Gaon Burah, Rs 5 crore for celebrating Unity in Diversity marking 30th Statehood Day in 2016.

Tuki had earlier in March presented a Vote-on-Account for four months starting April 1 to July 31, 2015 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 NITI Aayog.

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Tuki presents deficit budget for 2015-16

ITANAGAR, July 15 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki presented a Rs 514.87 crore deficit budget for the financial year 2015-16 in the State Assembly on Wednesday.

While making a mention of the changed scenario of funding by Government of India and giving a brief account on State finances, Tuki told the House that the philosophy of his government was �hinged on the agenda for a developed Arunachal Pradesh centering mainly around three themes. They are: a) swasth (health), shiksha (education) and skill, b) communication, airways, road and electricity (CARE) and c) minerals, agriculture & allied sectors, tourism and hydropower (MATH).�

Tuki said 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, Rs 346.18 crore for health sector and Rs 279.38 for water supply�, he added.

His focus in this budget will be self-employment generation for the unemployed Arunachalee boys and girls. He proposed 30,000 job creation this year including self-employment generation towards fulfillment of the target of one lakh employment by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan.

Under health sector, it proposes setting up of low-cost generic drug stores in all district hospitals, construction of six new district hospital buildings at Doimukh, Longding, Namsai, Lower Siang, Siang, and Kra-Daadi; and Rs 30 crore budgetary provision for CM�s Universal Health Insurance Scheme.

Tuki said, for ensuring smooth flow of fund meant for Centrally Sponsored Schemes like SSA, MDM, RUSA, I propose to allocate Rs 50 crore as State matching share. The budget also proposes Rs 25 crore for repair of schools, hostels and teachers� quarters and Rs 20 crore for timely disbursement of students� stipends.

The budget also proposes Rs 20.68 crore for integrated development of the agriculture sector. Rs 50 crore budgetary provision for housing for police personnel, MLALAD Fund enhanced from existing Rs 1.25 crore to Rs 1.50 crore, enhancement of State Government employees� DA from 107 per cent to 113 per cent with effect from January 1, 2015.

The budget also proposed raising of corpus fund for working journalists from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 1 crore, colour TV for each Gaon Burah, Rs 5 crore for celebrating Unity in Diversity marking 30th Statehood Day in 2016.

Tuki had earlier in March presented a Vote-on-Account for four months starting April 1 to July 31, 2015 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 NITI Aayog.