Assam budget: Sonowal govt’s focus on healthcare, education

The budget also proposed converting gender-specific schools to co-educational ones, while students of Class IX and X of government schools would get free textbooks from the next academic year.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: July 26, 2016 6:43 pm
assam, bjp, budget, assam budget, assam BJP budget, assam BJP, BJP budget, assam CM, sarbananda sonowal, india news Guwahati: Finance Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati on Tuesday. PTI Photo

Education, agriculture and healthcare got the maximum focus, while several items including candles, kerosene stoves, packaged drinking water, cinema tickets, LED bulbs and tubes, citronella oil and feeding bottles would become cheaper, as the BJP-led government in Assam tabled its first budget, of Rs 78,253.36 crore, that showed an overall deficit of over Rs 2880 crores.

Placing the budget, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said while the education sector along with sports, art and culture would get 20 per cent of the budget allocations after 26 per cent for general services, the agriculture and rural development sector would get 10 per cent. Sector-wise allocation of the remaining sum will be as follows: water supply, sanitation, housing and urban development (8%), transport (6%), social welfare and nutrition (5%), irrigation and flood control (5%), and others (9%), besides public debt (6%).

On the education front, the budget envisaged establishing three more medical colleges (in Nagaon, Dhubri and Lakhimpur) under centrally sponsored scheme, besides completing construction of one each at Kokrajhar and Diphu. While an All India Institute of Ayurveda would be set up at Raha, he also announced setting up three new universities and 21 new polytechnic institutes, and making three engineering colleges (Karimganj, Golaghat and Dhemaji) fully functional in the current financial year.

The budget also proposed converting gender-specific schools to co-educational ones, while students of Class IX and X of government schools would get free textbooks from the next academic year. Laying stress on improving primary and school education, Sarma said that while eight new district institutes for teacher education would be set up, 17,000 TET teachers would be appointed by April 2017. Altogether 297 upper primary schools on the other hand would be covered under computer-aided learning programme, he added.

While the BJP-led government had promised social security during the recent assembly elections, Sarma announced setting up women’s cells in 63 police stations, appointing 4,000 police personnel, providing cyber crime detection facilities and setting up citizens’ committees in all the 345 police stations.

On the agriculture front, Sarma announced I-cards to farmers, installation of 61,000 shallow tube-wells, promoting organic farming, covering 1.50 lakh fishermen under group insurance scheme, setting up 40 new milk cooperatives and 244 rural godowns, among others.

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  1. Asad Choudhury
    Feb 15, 2017 at 5:55 am
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      Ekbal Mohammed
      Feb 7, 2017 at 7:15 am
      Please think about J.E.Mechanical in am our age is going over.
      1. M
        Feb 15, 2017 at 6:33 am
        All is well that ends well. Let's see d implementation. Be it mentioned that finance minister did not focused more in sports sector.
        1. A
          Jul 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm
          It is good to see the points forwarded by u sir and I deeply admire your agendas but before handling this situations please do something for the teachers who has been suffering as they are not getting their ries for years. As we all hear that our teachers are committing suicides for the sake that they dont get thier hard earn monthly;br/gt;Sorry for putting this in front of you, as I also belong to one of those suffering families. My father has completely lost hope that he could take us any further in our education carieer. As I am one of those, there are many childrens who suffering just like;br/gt;It is my deep heartiest request to please look over the matter. Your actions will decide our;br/gt; Thank you.
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            adi and
            Jul 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm
            happy but lets see.
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