Gujarat Finance Minister Nitin Patel presented the Vijay Rupani-led BJP government’s first budget of the 14th Assembly. Finance Minister Nitin Patel said in the Assembly that fiscal deficit of Gujarat was at a record low of 1.42 per cent of GSDP. He also added that revenue surplus of state increased from Rs 1704 cr in 2015-16 to Rs 5947 cr in 2016-17.
Provision of Rs780 crore has been made to provide opportunities of employment and vocations to youths, Nitin Patel announced in the budget. He also announced that 30,000 new recruitments will be made by the Gujarat government in the next fiscal.
Nitin Patel announced 10 schemes at a cost of Rs2,800 crore for providing drinking water in tribal areas.
For the economically backward sections, the government made a provision of Rs506 crore, to be allotted to the newly formed Gujarat Binanamat Educational & Economical Development Corporation.
The government also announced a provision of Rs280 crore for development of the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR) that falls under the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project of the centre.
Congress MLA Ribadiya Harshadkumar had intervened when FM Nitin Patel was speaking on the government’s efforts in procuring groundnut and cotton on MSP. Ribadiya rushed towards the well of the House and threw groundnuts while raising slogans. Following this, the Speaker ordered that he leave the House. Marshals then escorted Ribadiya out of the House, as a result of which other Congress MLAs raised slogans and staged a walkout.
Key allocations :
Rs27,500 crore for education
Rs14,895 crore for Narmada project and water resources
Rs9,750.50 crore for health and family welfare
Rs9,252 crore for roads and buildings projects
Rs7,239 crore for rural housing and rural development
Rs6,755 crore for agriculture, Rs5,420 crore for home affairs
Rs4,410 for industry and mines department
Rs3,641 crore for social justice and empowerment
Rs3,080 crore for women and child welfare.