Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani termed Rs. 227,000-crore state budget for year 2021-22 presented by Finance Minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel today as the budget of all-round development and development for all.
Giving his reaction on the budget, the Chief Minister said the budget is covering development for all ranging from poor farmers, youths, women, tribal, upliftment of downtrodden, education, health, agriculture, irrigation, infrastructure, industries, climate change and others. The budget will take Gujarat’s growth journey from the best to super-best.
About the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, the Chief Minister said the budget has taken specific care that the benefits of development of main stream be experienced by the tribal and to make them capable to take-on challenges of the future. For the all-round development of tribal, an allocation of Rs. 100,000-crore has been made in Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana-2 for the period of next five years. This would benefit to 90 lakh Vanbandhus residing in tribal belt spread between Ambaji and Umargam.
Mr. Rupani said that for the sea-sailors of Gujarat, residing across the 1600 km long coastline of the state, the Sagarkhedu Kalyan Yojana-2 has been chalked out with an additional fund allocation of Rs. 50,000-crore.
Not only this, for social upliftment of people of different strata, including scheduled tribes, scheduled cast, OBC, differently abled, and others, we have made allocation of funds through various schemes such as old-age pension, widow pension, kunwarbainu mameru and others, the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Rupani said that the education is the base of the development. Therefore, this government has allocated a fund of Rs. 32,000-crore to impart latest education to the children and young students of the state to meet the needs of the present time. We are moving towards to make Gujarat an educational hub.
Mr. Rupani said that this government has made arrangement that would enable our universities, schools, and students studying to become competent enough to take-on the challenges of the future.
The Chief Minister said the Budget has laid emphasis on removing unemployment, as two lakh youth will be provided jobs in government and semi-government organizations, besides 20 lakh youth will be given jobs in the private sector, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
Even as Gujarat is described as Land of Opportunity, he said, this Budget takes care of migrant workers from other states so that they can earn their bread and do business in Gujarat. The fact that nearly 25 lakh labourers were sent to their home states by 1,200 trains and 5,200 buses proves that Gujarat is capable of providing employment to residents of other states in addition to its own.
Mr. Rupani exuded confidence that while the industrialists of the world are searching for the best destination, the Gujarat government’s new industrial policy, solar policy and tourism policy will prove effective in attracting foreign investors.
He said that water scarcity has become a matter of history. Gujarat has now become ‘Panidar’. This Budget has made special provision for water supply with farsighted plans to ensure no taluka remains ‘no source’. The Budget shows concern for providing tap water in 100 per cent homes.
Mr. Rupani said this Budget has come with new ideas to encourage and develop small industries, new GIDC estates, Textiles, Pharma and Toy Parks.
He said that Rs 7,232 crore has been provided for ‘Saat Pagla’ (Seven Steps) for agriculture and farmers’ welfare scheme, from sowing seeds to marketing harvested produces, providing subsidy to farmers on electricity, for which Rs 400 crore has been allocated.
In yet another novel concept, he said, the Gujarat government has come forward with Suryodaya Yojna to provide electricity to farmers for irrigation during daytime with the slogan for ‘work when the sun shines and rest at night’. He also gave details about the budgetary provision made for horticulture and herbal culture.
Mr. Rupani said that Rs 7,500 crore has been earmarked for strengthening law and order in the Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel’s Gujarat, for modernization of Police Force, CCTV cameras, create system to check cybercrime and strengthening Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The Chief Minister described this year’s Budget for founding all-round and sustainable development of Gujarat, to make Gujarat ‘Uttam Thi Sarvottam’.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat