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Nitinbhai Patel Presents Pro Farmer Gujarat Budget Amid Opposition Walkout

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| February 20 , 2018 , 17:37 IST

Deputy CM and Finance Minister of Gujarat, Nitinbhai Patel presented the first budget for the state after the Vijay Rupani led BJP Government was voted back to power.

The Budget session of the Gujarat Assembly began on 19th February and will conclude on March 28. Six bills are expected to be passed during the budget session.

Nitinbhai Patel said that the Fiscal deficit of Gujarat was at a record low of 1.42 percent of GSDP. Patel also stated that the revenue surplus of state had increased from Rs 1704 crores in 2015-16 to Rs 5947 crores in 2016-17.

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Agriculture received the highest budgetary contribution in the budget.

The opposition Congress led by the leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani walked out of the assembly calling the Government anti-Dalit and anti-farmer.

Here are the highlights of the budget:

Rs 6755 crores allocated for Agriculture. 

Rs 1732 crores allocated for Labour and Employment 

Rs 27500 crores allocated for Education.

Rs 9750.50 crores allocated for Health and Family Welfare.

Rs 3080 crores allocated for Women and Child Development

Rs 4410 crores allocated for Industries and mines.

Gujarat University allocated Rs 42 crores for a research park on campus.

Mukhyamantri Apprenticeship Scheme for youth: Rs 3,000 per month with training. 

The budget is also pro-media as Nitinbhai Patel announced free passes for all accredited journalists in GSRTC Volvo buses

Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for setting up four new cyber crime police stations in Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Mehsana.

Ahmedabad Metro Rail project has received a provision of Rs 592 crores.

Rs 899 crores have been allocated for the construction of Statute of Unity - Sardar Patel statue.

Hailing the budget CM Rupani said “Our Government has made the fundamentals of the state economy more strong in comparison with other states. The strength of the state economy and the buoyancy in revenue receipts, size of the budget for next year is Rs. 1,83,666 Cr Compared to Rs. 1,72,179 Cr of the current year."

“Our Government has allocated an amount of Rs. 1101 crores towards Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Price stability fund, Khedut Akasmat Bima Yojana, and others to protect farmers against agricultural risks and provide support for crop loss during natural calamities,” he added.