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Jharkhand State Budget 2016-17 publicized

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das presented Rs 63,502 crore budget for 2016-17 with strong focus on agriculture, curbing tax evasion and women.

  • As per annual financial statement, from the total budget outlay, Rs 26,437.34 crore was non-plan and Rs 37,065.35 crore was under plan.

Jharkhand State Budget 2016-17 publicizedHere is the division of budget among different sectors

Sector Percent
Women development 43.72
Education, Art, Culture and Sports 15.30
Rural Development 13.78
Agriculture 13.07
General Services, Legislature and Other Services 10.99
Social Security 9.76
Public Works and transport 8
Interest Payment 6.90
Energy 6.32
Medical and Public Health 4.82
Urban Development 3.53
Public Debt Repayment 3.26
Other Economic Services 2.42
Mines and Industries 0.72
Others 0.15

Key Highlights of Budget
State Budget of 2016-17 proposed to construct 71 new Smart Police Stations in 16 extremist-hit districts, CCTV surveillance in Ranchi and Dial 100 for police assistance.

  • Free LED solar study lamps for school students.
  • Multi-purpose examination halls to ensure regular studies.
  • Grants to the poor and the needy to visit religious or other tourist destinations in the state or the country.
  • The government will also start a pension scheme for the HIV/AIDS victims at a rate of Rs 600 per month.
  • 90% subsidy for solar pump.

For Women:

  • Training will be provided to 2,000 women from the SC/ST and OBC categories for driving light three-wheelers and four-wheelers. Loans will be easily available to buy vehicles.
  • Widow pension of Rs. 600 would be given to women above 40.
  • Working women’s hostels are to be constructed in six cities.

For Agriculture:

  • Setting up of “single window system” in all blocks of the state, beginning with 100 in the first phase.
  • Solar pumps, lift irrigation and organic farming will also be promoted.
  • Awareness will be created among farmers to use power tillers in place of tractors due to their efficiency and effectiveness.
  • MLA’s local area development fund has been increased to Rs 4 crore from Rs 3 crore. They will utilize them only for irrigation projects.