Raipur: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday presented state budget of Rs 97,106 crore for the year 2021-22 defining various dimensions of the concept of development with every letter of the word HEIGHT in English.
This includes Holistic development, Education (equal opportunity for all), Infrastructure (supplement of development), Governance (sensitive and effective administration), Health (healthy body-greatest wealth) and Transformation (change: for the government and public).
“This budget ensures the prosperity of farmers and economically weaker sections of the state, economic progress of villages, new dimensions of quality and progress in education, expansion of health and medical facilities, the welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes, holistic development of women and children, creation of new opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for the youth, the rapid development of rural and urban infrastructure and a feel of sensitive administration for the people: with this, it is dedicated to the people of the state”, said the chief minister while announcing the state budget.
The chief minister stated that as per the quick estimate, 5.12 percent growth is expected in the State's GDP against 5.32 percent (projected initially) in 2019-20 at a constant price. This is higher than 4.2 percent growth at the national level. In the year 2020-21, the agriculture sector is projected to grow at 4.61 percent, the industrial sector at (-) 5.2 percent and service sector at 0.75 percent. The growth in these sectors is satisfactory as compared to 3.4 percent, (-) 9.6 percent, and (-) 8.8 percent respectively at the national level.
The major announcement in the budget includes:
- Provision of 5,703 crores for Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana.
- Provision of 150 crore under CHIRAAG scheme for nutrition and improvement of the economic condition of farmers in selected 7 development blocks of 7 tribal-dominated districts of Bastar division and 14 blocks of Mungeli district.
- Ashram-cum-Rehabilitation Center will be set up for the rehabilitation of third gender persons. For this, a provision of 76 lakh has been kept in the budget. This will be the first center of its kind in the country.
- To promote fisheries, it will be accorded the same status as agriculture. 171.20 Crore provision for fisheries activities in the budget. Telghani Development Board, Leather Craftsman Development Board, Iron Craftsman Development Board and Rajak-kar Development Board will be set up to revive rural business skills.
- In case of accidental death of journalists, the amount of assistance given is increased from 2 lakhs to 5 lakhs.
- Kaushalya Maternity Scheme will be launched to improve the nutrition of women. State will give a lump sum assistance of Rs 5,000 at the time of the birth of the second girl child.
- Godhan Nyay Yojana implemented to convert Gobar (cowdung) into Godhan (cow-wealth). There is a provision of 175 crores in scheme.
- Provision of 1,603 crore in the budget for Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme.
- Provision of 236 crore has been made for expansion of electronics and information technology services.
- Chhattisgarh Culture Council has been formed for the preservation and promotion of various arts and disciplines in the state and Chhattisgarh Cultural Zone to be constructed on the lines of Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal in Nava Raipur.
- Separate Directorate of Archaeological Department will be set up to give impetus to study, discovery, and maintenance of the archaeological heritage of the state.
- In view of reverence and popularity of general public towards Sri Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit, Provision of 30 crores to give impetus to the identified works.
- Efforts are being made to connect the Ambikapur area by the air soon and provision for construction of an airstrip in the Korea district in this year's budget.
- For the establishment of a new food park, identification of land in 110 development blocks and occupation of land in 45 development blocks has been received by Industries Department. Provision of 50 crores for this.
- An exhibition plant will be set up in village Godhi district Bemetra for research work on bio-ethanol production. Raw materials like surplus paddy or maize will be used for the production of biofuels in plants.
- New Energy Education Park will be set up in the village Patan. Rural people will be encouraged to use alternative energy in various works of agricultural work and daily life through Energy Education Park.
- 'Bastar Tigers' special force will be formed in all districts of the Bastar division. Priority will be given to local youths from inside villages in the force.
- 10 police check-post buildings will be constructed in the state.
- Provision of 63 new posts and provision of 1 crore for establishment of Virology Lab in 09 Government Medical Colleges.
- Free health checkup, medical facility, and distribution of medicines are being made available to villagers through Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Scheme in far-flung and remote areas. For this, there is a provision of 13 crores in the budget.
- Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College, Durg will be turned into Government Medical College.
- To provide quality education through English medium to children in government schools, the scheme of Swami Atmanand English Medium Schools has been started. There is a provision in the budget for 119 new English medium schools.
- A national-level boarding school will be set up in Nava Raipur on the self-financing model.
- Rural Industrial Park will be set up in rural areas, a la Pauni- Pasari scheme in urban areas, to convert a plurality of specific creative arts into employment opportunities, in different areas of the state. The facility of operation and marketing of traditional business activities will be available here.
- C-Mart stores will be set up inside and outside the state to provide all Chhattisgarhi products under one roof.