THE first Budget of the BJP government in Assam laid emphasis on education, agriculture and healthcare by allocating a third of its budgetary resources in these sectors.
Presenting the Budget, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Tuesday announced setting up of three more medical colleges in the state — at Nagaon, Dhubri and Lakhimpur — under the Centrally-sponsored scheme, besides completing construction of one each at Kokrajhar and Diphu. The All India Institute of Ayurveda will be set up at Raha.
He announced setting up of three new universities and 21 new polytechnic institutes, besides making three engineering colleges at Karimganj, Golaghat and Dhemaji fully functional in the current fiscal year.
The budget also proposed converting gender-specific schools to co-educational ones, and free textbooks for Class IX and X students in government schools from the next academic year.
Laying stress on improving primary and school education in the state, Sarma said that eight new district institutes for teacher education will be set up and the government will hire 17,000 TET by April 2017.
The total Budget stood at Rs 78,253.36 crore with a deficit of over Rs 2,880 crore.