Naharlagun March12: Chowna Mein today presented a pragmatic pro poor, pro farmer budget with a total outlay of Rs 19261 Crores.
The budget, on a whole put its thrust on seven key areas – Education, Skill Development, Health, Governance Reforms, IT, Infrastructure, Social Security and Agriculture & Allied Sectors.
In a historic departure from the past, the budget has a huge focus on the agrarian economy and empowerment of farmers. Deputy Commissioners have been given a huge responsibility for decentralized assistance to farmers. A large number of schemes have been launched to revitalize the agriculture and allied sectors, with a focus on agricultural entrepreneurship, farm credit, and agricultural extension. Marketing and providing quality planting material.
In order to augment the resources available for financing new interventions in health and education sector, a 10% cess on liquor has been imposed from April 1, 2018.
The Education department also saw a huge increase in its outlay and a series of measures have been announced which are focused more on improvement of quality of teaching than infrastructure creation. Regular talent hunts, focused mentoring my teachers, smart class room programs are some of the key features of this sector. Innovative proposals of administering mid day meal scheme in Itanagar and Pasighat have been included. Text books would be procured directly from NCERT to avoid any delay in supplies. There was also a promise to regularise SSA/RMSA teachers on a merit cum seniority basis after amending the relevant rules.
In Health care also there is a new scheme for providing support to patients suffering from renal disease where government has assured support of upto Rs 10 lakh per patient. A district Health society has been mooted under which funds would be placed for decentralized procurement of medicines, emergency repairs, and replacement of dysfunctional equipment. The Tom Riba hospital building would be expanded and the medical college would start functioning next year. The free chemotherapy scheme for cancer patients would also continue this year in an expanded form. In order to encourage mothers to undergo the full immunization cycle for children, an incentive of Rs 1000 per case has been mooted to be transferred on DBT route.
Finance Minister also committed to a series of governance reforms, greater use of technology for service delivery and a more transparent and decentralized administration.
The government employees have been given an employee welfare fund. The contingency employees are getting an additional Rs 1000 per month across the board and the government has committed to fund their health and accident insurance schemes under the PM Flagship program.
There are unprecedented announcements for women empowerment including establishment of women helpline, women police stations, amendment of IPC for rape of minors, strengthening AP Women commission , establishment of a destitute home at Chimpu.
A need has been long felt to preserve and protect the indigenous dialects and languages of the state. This year’s budget provides for imparting of tribal language teaching at upper primary schools and documentation of remaining languages’ scripts.
Budget 2018-19 has given a big thrust to skill development amongst the youth to help increase employment and economic growth. The Chief Minister’s Yuva Kaushal Yojana will provide high end training to 1000 students across the globe in one year, apart from 10000 youth under PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana and 20,000 people on digital literacy.
Earlier replying to the starred question by Olom Panyang MLA regarding the shortage of doctors in the PHCs, the Chief Minister, Pema Khandu informed that there was shortfall of doctors in the state, however, the Govt. has approved for recruitment of 108 additional doctors which will minimise the problem to a great extent.
Regarding the improvement of police stations and building of new police stations approved by the GOI , Home Minister Kumar Waii informed that the technical problems has been attended and the works will start soon.
Regarding question of recommendation of Chakmas for the granting of citizenship raised by Pani Taram, the Home Minister informed that they are cases before the decision taken by the state govt. to oppose the granting of citizenship. He also informed that The District administrations have been asked to verify and submit report regarding illegal settlements of Chakmas in the Forest reserves. He was replying to the question raised by CT Mein.
To the question raised by Tanga Byaling MLA regarding the delay in the starting of construction of Trans Arunachal Highway from Ziro to Daporijo , The DCM cum Minister PWD informed that the road is very long and now it has been divided into 8 packages and the tenders will be floated soon. Till then fund for repair and maintenance will be provided.
Nabam Rebia, Minister Of Town Planning and ULB moved The Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) Ammendment ) Bill,2018 moved the bill to be passed which was passed after discussions.
Mutchu Mithi MLA who moved a private member’s resolution for effective mechanism for regularisation of SSA teachers, withdrew the motion after assurance of the Education minister , Honchun Ngandam and the DCM that some effective measures will be taken up.
Earlier the opposition members led by opposition leader Takam Pario disrupted the budget presentation for ten minutes and walked out.