Gujarat government presented Rs. 85,557.78 crore annual development plan for the year 2016-17.
Maintaining proper balance between rural-urban demographics and welfare of citizens across spectrum, Gujarat Budget 2016-17 has got something for all. Focusing on holistic development of the state, Gujarat Budget 2016-17 encompasses every region, sector and all sections of society.
It was declared while presenting the budget that the year 2016-17 will be celebrated as ‘Yuva Vikas Varsh' with special provision in the budget to empower the youth.
In a unique style to involve youth into public services the government of Gujarat has planned to induct 66,000 youth at various government posts across the state. This the government feels will harness youth and their innovative ideas to enhance public services.
For giving boost to small industries and increase employment opportunities special mini and rural Gujarat Industrial Development Corporations (GIDCs) will be set up in remote areas.
To cover more number of students under Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana (MYSY) the upper income limit has been increased to Rs. 6 lakh and percentile limit has been brought down to 80 from this year.
Also Government of Gujarat will provide special assistance in tuition fees to girl students from below poverty line families who secure admission in medical colleges.
With a woman Chief Minister Anandiben Patel at helm Gujarat Government has made special provision of Rs. 50,585 crore for nearly 611 women welfare schemes. This is Gujarat Government's third ‘Gender Budget'.
The aim of Gujarat Government is have a ‘Nari Adalat' in each taluka of Gujarat. The government this year will initiate efforts to ensure that 75 talukas of Gujarat that do not have ‘Nari Adalat' as yet will have it soon.
With an aim to provide complete medical assistance to mother and child under one roof a special mother and child hospital will be established in Ahmedabad.
For improving quality of education:
The Chief Minister was very happy as someone who herself has been a teacher that the government was providing Rs. 23,815.74 crore for Education Department with a focus on improving infrastructure and quality of education in the state.
The state government has made a provision of Rs. 375 crore for crop loan that will be made available to the farmers at an interest rate of just one percent. This is to be done with an aim to relieve farmers from the financial burden.
The state government has also decided to set up fertilizer storage facility so that during peak season farmers do not face any difficulty in acquiring fertilizers.
Gujarat government has also decided that during the year 2016-17 it will provide major respite to those involved in animal husbandry by providing interest relief in loan on purchase of animals.
The state government reaffirmed its commitment towards welfare of farmers by providing Rs. 14,294 crore to strengthen irrigation channels across the state.
For tribal regions:
To supply irrigation-drinking water in tribal regions, Rs. 1,650 crore has been allocated to strengthen water distribution network by the government. Also, Rs. 350 crore Water Supply Yojana was announced to provide sufficient water to 696 villages of six tribal dominated districts.
Further boost to robust infrastructure:
Robust infrastructure of the state got further boost in 2016-17 budget as the Chief Minister announced Rs. 10,000 crore for ‘Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana'. The aim of this is to strengthen rural road network.
Smart Village Yojana:
Gujarat Government introduced Smart Village Yojana to transform rural Gujarat. In the first year the state will chose 300 villages to be included under this scheme.
To give further boost to artisans and languishing arts of Gujarat the state government has decided to start a ‘Raw Material Bank' this will be in addition to the reliefs announced under the recent Cottage and Rural Industries Policy.
Dr. Ambedkar Chair:
The government has decided to constitute Dr. Ambedkar Chair in five universities of Gujarat with aim to promote and spread awareness on Babasaheb's values and contribution.
To boost tourism:
Provision has been made in current budget by the Gujarat Government to introduce special tours of pilgrims for senior citizens. This will enable hassle-free travel and promote ‘Yatradhams'.
Besides making new provisions, existing projects Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA), Statue Of Unity (SOU) and others will get boost with allocations made for them in the budget.
The Chief Minister Anandiben Patel also announced that the budget was presented after intensive discussions with stakeholders and taking into consideration feedback from across the state.