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Raghubar Das presents 55,492 Crore Annual Budget 2015-16

Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das has on Tuesday tabled 55,492 Crore annual budget 2015-16 on the floor of the assembly. The budget proposed no new taxes. The budget has allocated 23,356.11 Crore on non-plan component while 32,136.84 Crore has been set aside for plan component of the budget.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das who is also holding the finance portfolio has presented the budget after the question hour and announced several new schemes. Reiterating his earlier announcements Das said that his government would provide one lakh employments within next one year.

Stating that no new tax was being announced in the budget, however, the government would augment revenue collection through royalties earned from coal and iron ore.

Chief Minister in his budget address said that VAT on pig iron, steel scrap, iron ore, palette and Ferro Alloy would be reduced from 5 percent to 2.5 percent to promote micro, small and medium industries. On the other hand community centres and Dharamshala would be exempted from service tax, he said.

With it Das proposed reduction of tax from 14 percent to 5 percent on plywood, blackboard, flush-door, and laminates. At the same time a concession in registration costs for immovable property of women has been proposed. A further 10 percent reduction in tax fee and stamp duty has also been proposed in the budget.

For the first time the CM has given concrete assurance that single window system would be put into effect for development of industries in the State.

He also said that an MOU had been signed between Jharkhand Skill Development Mission Society and National Skill Development Authority to give further impetus to skill development programme in Jharkhand. To sort out the problem of scarcity of land the government has proposed setting up of Land Bank for speedy allocation of land to the investors.

Raghubar Das further said that agriculture implements banks would be constituted at all panchayats and block headquarters to provide support to the farmers. A new scheme titled Jalanidhi would be implemented to promote small irrigation projects, and with it farm clinics would also be set up for selling of fertilizers and insecticides.

Das on the occasion informed that more central assistance would be provided to the districts fighting the Naxalite extremism. Mukhya Mantri Panchayat Protsahan Yojna will be introduced.

The first women’s engineering college would be established at Ramgarh and also appointments of 10,927 Poshan Sakhi (women health workers) would be made, he said.

The CM said that the ambitious Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Yojna would be implemented in letter and spirit. For this the Centre would share 60 percent the State government would bear 10 percent of the project costs, while 30 percent would be raised through borrowings.

He said that the State Government would introduce Atal Gram Jyoti Yojna and Tikla Majhi Krishi Pump Yojna in fiscal 2015-16. To tap alternative energy source the government would install solar plants in 4423 panchayats and 260 block headquarters, he said.

Raghubar Das has announced that more aid would be extended for restoration of Cowsheds (Gou Shala) and Cow Slaughter Prevention Act would be enforced strictly in the State. There would be complete ban on cattle smuggling, he said.

On power sector the CM said that in next four years electricity production in Jharkhand would be increased to 4000 MW.

On health sector Raghubar Das said proposal for setting up of Cancer Hospital at Brambe Ranchi is under consideration, while a medico city would be set up at Itki on PPP Mode.

He said that under National Health Mission 444 special medical officers would be appointed whereas recruitments for 2600 doctors and para-medical staff would be done. Under national child welfare programme recruitments of 547 Ayush Doctors have been proposed.

To provide better medical facilities to people the budget has proposed setting up of five-bedded ICUs in Sadar Hospitals located in Hazaribagh, Palamu, Chaibasa and Dumka. On the other hand three new medical colleges would be established in Hazaribagh, Palamu and Dumka, the chief minister said.

He also announced medi-claim scheme for the journalists under which medical services would be extended to journalists suffering from critical diseases.

Raghubar Das said that a new scheme Tejaswini would be introduced in 17 districts to make the girls self-reliant while a fund would be set up for women’s empowerment.

Work on establishment of Knowledge City would start soon on 410 acres of land at Khunti. Solid waste management system would be introduced in urban civic bodies under Swachch Bharat Mission, he said, adding Ganga embankments would be developed into model zones. He said that to boost surface transport facility bus terminuses would be set up under 39 municipal bodies and final decision on mono-rail in Ranchi would be taken after the feasibility study, the CM said.

Raghubar Das went to add that an ambitious 1830 Crore project for Ranchi-Bokaro Expressway would be launched under PPP Mode. At the same time a six-lane golden triangle expressway connecting Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Ranchi would be constructed to cater to high-speed traffic, he said.

The CM announced that a constable training school would be established in Chakulia, whereas the police training centre at Hazaribagh would be upgraded into a police academy. To counter ultra and extremist activities the government would constitute anti-terrorism squad.

To sort out the scarcity of personnel the state government would recruit 10,000 constables to strengthen police forces, he said. Besides, an investigation training school would also be established in Ranchi. Das further said that vigilance network would be strengthened to root out corruption.

He said that anti-corruption bureau would be set up in place of State Vigilance Bureau. Das said that permission to sale Kendu leaves and other small forest produces would be given to schedule tribes. Eco-tourism would be promoted in a big way while training for nature guides would be given to unemployed youths, the CM said.

Das said that each family below poverty line would receive two kg of sugar while 370 centres would be set up for Dal-Bhat Yojna. He said that the government was going to introduce Mukhya Mantri Vidya Laxmi Yojna to promote girl education, while Kasturba Gandhi Girls School had been set up in 203 blocks. Archeological department would be set up next year while each district would get a women’s college, he said.

To promote tourism the government would set up a restaurant, a park and develop basic infrastructure, drinking water facility at Maluti. Five tourist buses would be introduced for Dumka to Masanjore Dam, Maluti and Tarapith.

Three new tourist information centres would be set up while tourist guide training centre would be opened in Ranchi.

The CM said that 200 km of railway lines would be laid this financial year. To promote sports the government would set up Sport University and Academy, the CM said.

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