Compared to 2017-18 budget when the focus was on school education and government schools, this year thrust has been on higher education with budgetary allocations for 10 new degree colleges across the state.
According to the budget provisions declared on Monday, ”Agriculture experts recommend that the state, therefore, needs to give a special emphasis to improve the sustainability of its agriculture and to diversify the cropping pattern."
According to the budget, Punjab will now waive off the loans of landless farm labourers and the families of farmers who had been forced to commit suicides. The Finance Minister set aside Rs 3000 crore during 2019-20 for this.
With the announcement of reduction in prices, with an aim to bring parity of prices with neighbouring states, Punjab has reduced base VAT rate on petrol from 28 per cent to 20.11 per cent on petrol, and from 13.4 per cent to 11.8 per cent on diesel.
Manpreet allocated Rs 15 crore for prevention of crime and improvement of police public relations, Rs 34.77 crore for Crime and Criminal Tracking Networking System and Rs 75 crore for infrastructure facilities for judiciary.