State Budget for the year 2012-2013 presented in Gujarat Assembly

Published By : Admin | February 24, 2012 | 09:55 IST

Annual Budget for the year 2012-2013 presented by Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala on the floor of the Assembly

Shri Narendra Modi says the budget show details of how the state will achieve inclusive growth

All sectors of the economy covered in the Budget. New measures in the health, education and women development also announced.

Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that the Annual Budget for year 2012-2013 shows the details of how the state will achieve inclusive growth.

“This budget shows that the state is heading to which direction. In last fifty years the size of planning was Rs 2,30,000 crore , while only in last five year the size was Rs 2,50,000 crore. Even a common person can understand this leap jump of the state in the direction of development,” said Shri Modi.

He added that both in terms of figures and economic soundness, this budget is on top and his very ambitious. He said that the term ‘inclusive growth’ is often repeated but through the budget we can come to know what it actually means. Shri Modi believed that the budget gives an impetus to development in an organized way and that there was something for everyone in this budget. It allows the farmers of Gujarat to stand on their own feet, Shri Modi said.

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS Finance Minister Shri Vajubhai Vala presented the annual Budget for the year 2012-2013 on the floor of the Gujarat Assembly in the presence of Shri Narendra Modi. The Budget contains a series of new development measures and several pro-people announcements that spread across all sectors of Gujarat’s economy.

The Finance Minister said that the Government would clear all pending applications for new agriculture power connections in the state within the next 3 years. In the last decade the Gujarat Government has already given 4 lakh connections whereas all previous governments gave 6 lakh connections in total, Shri Vala said.

A dedicated TV channel for agriculture training and promotion would be launched. 2 food parks and food-processing mission have been announced. The Minister announced Rs 20 crore for 3 lakh cotton farmers as an aid for cotton crop insurance premium.

The Budget also included 5 new animal hostels, 50 veterinary dispensaries and 57 new mobile veterinary centres. The Gauseva Board will now be renamed as Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board and will work for development of Gauchars.

For women development, a special women’s economic zone would be set up at the Sanand GIDC. In addition 5 new it is and 41 Naari Adalats were announced.

In the health sector, Shri Vala announced the purchase of 50 new ambulances for the 108 service. Himmatnagar in North Gujarat will have a new medical college. The Adivasi dominated areas would get new Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Colleges. The Amrutam Scheme was announced whereby there would be free treatment worth Rs. 200 crore for BPL patients of burns, neuro or cancer with each a limit of Rs 2 lakh per patient. Rs 100 crore was announced for Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital and Rs 40 crore for a new trauma centre there. Rs 20 crore was allotted to expand Ahmedabad’s kidney hospital and Rajkot would get a new cancer research institute.

15 new arts, science and commerce colleges were announced in the budget.

On the infrastructure front, Rs 133 crore was announced for the Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway. A new river bridge at Vautha connecting Ahmedabad and Kheda was allotted Rs. 16.35 crore. 1600 new state transport busses would be added and Rs 2000 crore was announced for urban middle class housing.

With instruments for heart treatment becoming tax free, hear treatment would become cheaper in Gujarat. Various ‘Pooja Samagri’ would also become tax-free since this year.

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Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister greeted lakhs of families that were connected with the programme from all the assembly constituencies of Chhattisgarh. The Prime Minister emphasized that Viksit Chattisgarh will be created by the empowerment of the youth, women, poor and farmers and modern infrastructure will strengthen the foundation of Viksit Chhattisgarh. He said the projects that are being inaugurated or foundation stones being laid today will create new opportunities for the people of Chattisgarh.

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The Prime Minister said that such works will create a Viksit Chhattisgarh and in the next 5 years when India will emerge as the third largest economy in the world, Chhattisgarh too will reach new heights of development. “This is a big opportunity, especially for first-time voters and young people studying in school and college. Viksit Chhattisgarh will fulfill their dreams”, the Prime Minister concluded.


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The Prime Minister inaugurated three key First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects of South Eastern Coalfields Limited, built at a total cost of more than Rs 600 crores. They will help in faster, eco-friendly, and efficient mechanized evacuation of coal. These projects include Dipka OCP Coal Handling Plant in SECL’s Dipka Area and Chhal, and Baroud OCP Coal handling plant in SECL’s Raigarh Area. FMC projects ensure the mechanized movement of coal from pithead to coal handling plants equipped with silos, bunkers, and rapid loading systems through conveyor belts. By reducing the transportation of coal via road, these projects will help ease the living conditions of people residing around coal mines by reducing traffic congestion, road accidents, and adverse impacts on the environment and health around coal mines. It is also leading to savings in transportation costs by reducing diesel consumption by trucks carrying coal from the pit head to railway sidings.

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