The Haryana budget for the financial year 2016-’17, presented on Monday by the state finance minister Capt Abhimanyu, focused on the rural sector, increasing job opportunities and giving a boost to education and health sectors.
The budget estimate for the next fiscal increased to Rs 13,494 crore against Rs 11,444 crore in the revised estimate of 2015-’16. Over 13 per cent of the budget was earmarked for agriculture and allied sectors.
Budgetary allocation for schemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission, National Mission on Agriculture Expansion and Technology, National Oilseed and Oil Palm Mission has been increased to Rs 205 crore, an increase of 54 per cent from last year.
With the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal controversy yet to be resolved, the Haryana government has decided to invest heavily in irrigation; the sector has seen a nearly 21 per cent increase in allocation.
It has proposed to improve the capacity of lift irrigation system at a cost of Rs 143 crore, rehabilitation of 565 water courses for Rs 300 crore, extension, renovation and modernisation of 75 irrigation canals and minors and preparation of District Irrigation Plans under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
Capt Abhimanyu reiterated the state’s commitment to make sure Haryana’s gets its share of Ravi-Beas water after the completion of the SYL canal.
Over Rs 14,300 crore for has been allocated for education sector. To strengthen the Make in India programme, the government is moving towards vocationalisation of secondary education. Ten vocational trades have been started in 490 government schools.
The budget outlay for Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan has been increased by 20 per cent. Under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, a centrally sponsored scheme for funding of state Universities, an outlay of Rs 166 crore has been made, an increase of 988 percent.