In Pics: 5 things in budget from PM Narendra Modi's campaign

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Amid high expectations from the common man and corporate India, the maiden budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government was unveiled by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Among various promises made by PM Modi in his winning and high-profile campaign in the run-up to the parliamentary elections, his five points such as Girl child education, Digital India, Skill India, Smart cities and Clean Swatch Bharat have found the place in the Union Budget.

Here are the 5 points that are straight out of PM Narendra Modi's election campaign:

Girl child education

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced the 'Beti padhao, beti badhao' scheme and allocated Rs 100 crore for the welfare of the girl child.

Jaitley, who presented the budget, expressed grief on apathy towards the girl child in the country.

He added that crisis management center for women will be set up at Delhi, the money for which will be provided from the Nirbhaya fund.

 

Digital India

In a bid to bridge the digital divide in the country, the government on Thursday proposed launching a pan-India programme, Digital India, to provide broadband connectivity and other IT facilities at village level.

"A National Rural Internet and Technology Mission for services in villages and schools, training in IT skills and e-Kranti for government service delivery and governance scheme is also proposed at a cost of Rs.500 crore," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said presenting his maiden budget in the Lok Sabha.

He said this programme would ensure greater transparency in government processes and increased indigenous production of IT hardware and software for exports and improved domestic availability.

Jaitley said special focus would be given on supporting software product startups.

Allocation of Rs 500 crore to improve broadband connectivity in rural areas. Allocation of Rs 500 crore to provide 24x7 power in rural areas. Kisan TV to be launched to disseminate information in real time. E-visas to be introduced at nine airports. Thirteen more airports to get 24x7 customs facilities

 

Skill India

The government will launch a national-level multi-skill programme, "Skill India", to impart training to youth in traditional professions like welding, carpentry and others, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.

"This programme would skill the youth with an emphasis on employability and entrepreneur skills. It will also provide training and support for traditional professions like welders, carpenters, cobblers, masons, blacksmiths and weavers," the finance minister said in his maiden budget speech in the Lok Sabha.

He also proposed convergence of various schemes to attain this objective.

 

Smart cities

The government will spend Rs 7,060 crore to turn into reality Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of building 100 smart cities in the country.

Presenting his first budget in parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Modi "has a vision of developing 100 smart cities as satellite towns of larger cities and by modernizing the existing mid-sized cities".

"To provide the necessary focus to this critical activity, I have provided a sum of Rs.7,060 crore in the current fiscal," Jaitley said.

"Unless new cities are developed to accommodate the burgeoning number of people, the existing cities would soon become unliveable," the minister added.

Creating 100 smart cities was one of the poll promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party before coming to power in May 16.

 

Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission)

The government will ensure sanitation in every house in the country by 2019 under the Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

"The government intends to cover every household by total sanitation by 2019, the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi," Jaitley said while presenting the Narendra Modi government's maiden budget.

"The need for sanitation is of utmost importance. Although the central government is providing resources within its means, the task of total sanitation cannot be achieved without the support of all," he added.

The minister said riverfronts and ghats at Kedarnath and Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, Patna in Bihar and Delhi would undergo development and beautification.

"Riverfronts and ghats are not only places of rich historical heritage but many of these are also sacred.

"To start this process, I propose to set aside a sum of Rs.100 crore for Ghat development and beautification of river front at Kedarnath, Haridwar, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Patna and Delhi."

Jaitley said an NRI fund would be set up to conserve the Ganga, a river considered holy by millions of Hindus.

"NRIs have been a very important contributor to the development process in India. To harness their enthusiasm to contribute towards the conservation of the river Ganga, NRI Fund for Ganga will be set up which will finance special projects," he said.

 

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