Highlights of the Budget 2018-19 - Shimla Times

Friday, March 9, 2018

Highlights of the Budget 2018-19

-> Adoption of BJP ‘Drishtipatra’ as the policy document
to guide the development policies of the present
-> Lowering the age from 80 years to 70 years for
providing old age pension to all, without any income limit.
-> Gudia & Hoshiar Singh helplines and ‘Shakti App’
-> New “Mukhyamantri Lok Bhawan” Scheme launched for
constructing Community Bhawan with an outlay of ` 30
lakh in every constituency.
-> Grant under "Vidhayak Khsetra Vikaas Nidhi Yojana"
raised to ` 1.25 crore.
-> Discretionary grant raised to ` 7 lakh.
-> Public Works and IPH will roll out Works Management
Information System.
-> New e-stamping system will be launched.
-> All the tenders above ` 5 lakh will be carried out online
using e-Procurement portal.
-> Budget provision of ` 220 crore under state food
subsidy scheme.
-> New “Himachal Grahini Suvidha Yojna” will be launched
for women empowerment and environment
-> Under the World Bank funded Horticulture Development
Project of ` 1,134 crore, nearly ` 100 crore to be spent
in 2018-19.
-> ` 500 crore to be spent for Command Area
Development in five years. A budget provision of
` 130 crore in 2018-19.
-> ` 277 crore for Minor Irrigation Schemes.
-> ` 85 crore for Medium Irrigation schemes.
-> New Scheme, “Jal se Krishi ko Bal” with a budget of
` 250 crore for five years launched.
-> New “Flow Irrigation Scheme” with an outlay of
` 150 crore for next five years launched.
-> New scheme “Solar Irrigation Scheme” launched with
a budget outlay of ` 200 crore for next five years.
-> Electricity to farmers for irrigation purpose to be provided
at 75 paisa per unit in place of existing ` 1 per unit.
-> Levy of Certain Goods Carried by Roads(CGCR) on
apple, other fruits and vegetables withdrawn from 2018-
-> New scheme “Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan” with
an allocation of ` 25 crore will be launched.
-> Investment subsidy of 50 percent for bio-pesticides
-> Subsidy of 40 percent on machinery for setting up of
"Agriculture Equipment Hiring Centres".
-> ` 32 crore for subsidy to farmers/horticulturists on
power weeders and power tillers etc.
-> Budget provision for anti hail nets increased from ` 2.27
crore to ` 10 crore.
-> 60 percent subsidy under new “Bagwani Suraksha Yojna
for anti hail-guns with budget of ` 10 crore.
-> Subsidy of 85 percent for installing solar fencing by
three or more farmers with a budget provision of ` 35
crore under "Mukhya Mantri Khet Sanrakshan
-> ` 1,000 crore phase-II project under JICA to cover all
the Districts for crop diversification.
-> New scheme, “Himachal Pushp Utpadan Yojna” with
an allocation of ` 10 crore launched.
-> ` 29 crore for "Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna"
and for "Weather Based Insurance Scheme".
-> ` 150 crore proposed for upgradation and opening of
new Mandis under world bank project.
-> Freight subsidy of ` 1 per litre to dairy cooperatives to
compensate for collection and distribution of milk.
-> Enhancement of milk procurement price by ` 1 per liter.
-> 10 and 20 percent Additional subsidy under 'Dairy
Udhyami Vikas Yojna'
-> 50 percent subsidy to the BPL farmers of general
category for rearing Desi cows.
-> New Mukhyamantri madhu vikas yojna launched with a
budget of ` 10 crore for providing 80 percent subsidy.
-> Exemption on stamp duty and investment subsidy of
50 percent on plant and machinery for establishing of
fish feed unit.
-> Setting up of Gau-Sewa Aayog announced.
-> Amendment in H.P. Religious Endowments and Temple
Trust Act to ear mark at least 15 percent of offerings in
the temples towards construction, maintenance and
running of Gau-Sadans announced.
-> Gau Vansh Vikas cess on every bottle of liquor sold in
the State collecting `8 crore per annum.
-> Government land on token lease of ` 1 for setting up of
-> Award of ` 10 lakh to Panchayat free of abandoned
-> Houses destroyed due to natural calamities to be
provided funds under “Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna” for
-> 33 percent subsidy on pick-up van to encourage waste
collectors in rural areas
-> Gram Gaurav Patt in every panchayat.
-> No. of days for providing empolyment under MGNREGA
increase from 100 to 120 in view of drought for
-> “Moksh Dhaam” in each panchayat will be constructed
in a phased manner.
-> ` 45 crore for members of Zila Parishads and Panchayat
Samities for undertaking development activities in their
-> ` 194 crore to the PRIs as per the recommendations of
5th State Finance Commission.
-> Honourarium of representatives of PRIs and ULBs
-> New scheme “Van Samridhi Jan Samridhi” will be
launched to provide livelihood.
-> ` 125 crore for Forest Department under externally
aided projects.
-> New scheme “Samudayik Van Samvardhan Yojna”
will be launched.
-> New scheme “Vidyarthi Van Mitra” launched.
-> New Yuva vigyan purskar scheme to encourage
young students towards science launched.
-> New, “Shresth Shahar Yojna” launched.
-> “National Generic Document Registration System” for
online registration of documents for anywhere registration
-> Hand pumps to individual beneficiaries on 75 percent
-> ` 500 crore to IPH for meeting energy charges for
water supply and irrigation schemes.
-> Simplification of various procedures for increasing
-> Him Pragti” online monitoring system to monitor
investment and infrastructure progress to be started.
-> Policy of partial reimbursement of net SGST paid to be
-> Bidding of cement plant at Broh Shind in Chamba District
and Nohradhar in Sirmour District.
-> Budget provision of ` 35 crore for BBNDA.
-> ` 4 crore for widening of road between Barotiwala-
Mandhala-Parwanoo and Barotiwala-Gunnai- Parwanoo.
-> Electricity Duty reduced from 4 percent to 2 percent on
Small industries and 10 percent to 7 percent on medium
-> Lease of land for industrial plots to be given for 90 years
instead of 30 years at present.
-> No electricity duty on new small and medium industries
for first five years.
-> Necessary changes in the Hydro Power Policy to be
carried out.
-> Equity contribution of ` 50 crore to HPSEBL for
improving the voltage in rural areas.
-> ` 475 crore for subsidizing electricity to the domestic
and Agriculture consumers.
-> New scheme Nayi Rahe Nayi Manzile announced for
development of virgin destinations with a budget
provision of ` 50 crore.
-> Proposal for development of basic infrastructure for
second phase under ADB project to Government of India.
-> Heli taxi services to be started and more helipads to be
-> A project of ` 100 crore for infrastructure development
at religious circuit to be submitted to Government of
India under “Swadesh Darshan” scheme.
-> Religious and adventure tourism to be promoted in a
big way.
-> Pong, Kol and Bhakra reservoirs to be developed for
water sports and adventure tourism.
-> Water Sports, beautification of the area, construction of
ghats and reviving of sulphur springs at Tattapani.
-> Efforts will be made to install ropeway from Sri Anandpur
Sahib to Sri Naini Deviji in partnership with Punjab
-> Exploration of possibilities of installation of ropeways
from Dharmkot to Triund, Janjehli to Shikari Mata and
other tourist places.
-> Develop training module for people connected with
tourism activities.
-> New “Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojna” to
encourage local entrepreneurship with an outlay of ` 80
crore launched.
-> New ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Ajivika Yojna” for
providing self employment to Himachali youth in age
group of 18-35 years in trade and services launched
with an outlay of ` 75 crore.
-> Entrepreneurship development programmes to be
organized to stimulate entrepreneurship among youth.
-> “Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushalya Yojna”
will be implemented with an outlay of ` 77 crore.
-> ` 100 crore for Skill Development Allowance.
-> ` 300 crore as grant and equity to HRTC.
-> Installation of electronic display boards at all the bus
stands and selected bus stops to display bus timings.
-> Additional outlay of ` 20 crore for construction of Bus
Stands and toilets blocks.
-> Mechanism of third party inspection and Independent
Quality Check Squad under Chief Minister Office for
ensuring quality of Government construction.
-> Target of tarring of 2,500 Kilometers of road length.
Additional `100 crore in 2018-19 for maintenance of
-> A new “Himachal Road Improvement Scheme”
started with an outlay of 50 crore for cross drainage.
-> Invitation of international bidding for keeping the Sachh
Pass, Jalori Pass, Khada Pathar and Rohtang Pass open
during winters.
-> ` 50 crore for improving the road alignment, sign boards,
parapets etc. at the identified black spots.
-> ` 50 crore for Mukhya Mantri sadak yojna.
-> “The Himachal Pradesh Settlement of Pending
Assessment Cases Bill”, 2018 to be laid for the benefit
of the dealers.
-> Setting up of a robust and transparent transfer and
posting mechanism for the teachers.
-> New Mukhyamantri Adarash Vidya Kendra Scheme will be
launched with an allocation of ` 25 crore for under which
10 residencial schools will be constructed.
-> School bags to be provided to the students of 1st, 3rd,
6th and 9th class under ‘Atal Vardi Yojna’.
-> Atal Tinkering Labs will be set up in selected schools.
-> A new programme “Akhand Shiksha Jyoti, Mere
School se Nikle Moti” to be launched.
-> New “Medha Protsahan Yojna” to be launched for preparing
students for competitive exams.
-> Grant-in-aid of ` 110 crore to Himachal Pradesh
-> Vanishing Manuscripts and rare books to be digitized.
-> New Scheme Aaj Purani Raho Se launched.
-> ` 25 crore for construction of indoor auditorium.
-> Daily allowance to Poets/Writers/Litterateur increased
by 50 percent.
-> New scheme “Devbhoomi Darshan” to provide transport
facility for senior citizens for pilgrimage within the State.
-> ` 15 crore for construction of multipurpose indoor
-> ` 6.80 crore under “Khel Vikas Yojna”
-> Medical emergency assistance increased from existing
` 50 thousand to ` 2.5 lakh under the “Himachal
Pradesh Patrakar Kalyan Yojna”. Withdrawal of
present annual income limit announced.
-> New Swasthya me Sehbhagita Yojna to encourage
establishment of private allophatic hospital in rural areas
-> New “Mukhyamantri Nirog Yojna” launched for basic health
-> Increase in number of drugs under the free drug policy
in all health institutions.
-> 100 percent immunization target for prevention of
Measles and Rubella.
-> Baby kit worth ` 1,500 will be provided to all new born
under new “Mukhya Mantri Aashirwad Scheme”.
-> Kidney transplant facility will be created in the IGMC.
-> New Mukhyamantri Chikitsa Sahyata Kosh for assistance
to needy poor people of the State having serious
ailments constituted.
-> Assistance under “Mother Teressa Matri Ashray Sambal
Yojna” raised to ` 5,000 per annum.
-> Assistance to BPL families under “Beti Hai Anmol
Yojna” enhanced to ` 12,000.
-> New comprehensive “Sashakta Mahila Yojna” announced.
-> Critical care package under “ Swasthya Bima Yojna”
enhanced from ` 1,75,000 to ` 2,50,000 for families
having one or two girl child. Additional assistance of
` 75,000 will be payable to the girls for their medical
-> Social Security pension enhanced to ` 750 per month.
Pension to persons having 70 percent and above
disabilities and persons aged 70 years and above
enhanced to ` 1,300 per month. Budget provision of
` 600 crore for Social Security Pension Schemes.
-> Establishment of three new women police stations in
Solan, Hamirpur and Chamba Districts proposed.
-> An additional Interim Relief of 4 percent on basic pay/
basic pension to regular State Government Employees/
Pensioners from 1st July, 2017.
-> Contact employees to get emoluments equal to basic
pay plus double of the grade pay.
-> Daily wages increased to ` 225 per day.
-> Honorarium of part time Water Carriers, Mid-day-Meal
Workers, SMC Teachers, ASHA Workers, Anganwari
Workers/Helpers and Water Guards enhanced.
-> ` 65 crore for construction of new residences and ` 25
crore for repair of Government residences.
-> All functional posts in the Departments will be filled up.
-> Budget provision of ` 41,440 crore for 2018-19.

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