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Uttarakhand Govt. tables 40,000 crore budget for fiscal year 2017-18

BJP-led Uttarakhand government tabled the state budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the assembly on Thursday. Finance minster Prakash Pant believes the 40,000 crore budget have increased expenditure in social and economic areas and will benefit even the person from lowest of strata of society. With Rs. 39,957 allocated for 2017-18, there has been a 24% increase ( Rs. 7,000 crore) in the budget amount as compared to previous fiscal year (Rs. 32,049 crore). CM Trivendra Rawat applauded the budget and believes the budget is in accordance wit the promises made BJP in their vision document during the assembly elections. The BJP government vowed to provide road and electricity to every village in Uttarakhand by 2019.

“Tourism, agriculture, skill development and knowledge-based society are the focus areas of this budget. If we are successful on working on these lines, it will bring prosperity in the hills and check migration,”

– Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand CM

Uttarakhand Budget 2017-18 Summary

  • Urban Development: The 2017-18 budget allocated Rs. 591 crore for urban infrastructure development as compared to Rs. 350 crore in previous year – a straight 68% increase.
  • Healthcare: The Uttarakhand government allocated Rs. 1871 crore (34% increase as compared to 2016-17) for improving healthcare in the state.
  • Education: Rs. 6787 crore (17% increase as compared to 2016-17) has been allocated for improving education in Uttarakhand.
  • Drinking Water: The budget allocated Rs. 844 crore (11% increase as compared to 2016-17) for potable water schemes in the state.
  • Security: Rs. 1564 crore (14% increase as compared to 2016-17) was allocated for improving the security in the state with the help of modernization of police force.

Apart from the increase in the allocation of various areas of focus in the state, the government also made several promise to the people of Uttarakhand:

  1. Free laptops and smartphones for meritorious students hailing for low-income economic background. Free WiFi in Uttarakhand universities. Book bank in every school.
  2. Air ambulance will be provided for seriously-ill villagers living in border regions.
  3. Char Dham all-weather road to be completed by 2020.
  4. Sainik School in Jakholi and Mega Food Park in Kashipur to be set up.
  5. Pilgrimage circuits for Golu Devta, Shiva, Vishu, Nagraja and Devi to be created.