Narendra Modi's Gujarat budget woos youth, women, farmers with 'aim' at India
Focussed on youth and farmers, it announced new missions and schemes, referring to India as one of "the youngest nations". The budget announced skill development corporations and foreign language courses to be taken up by the education department.
A press statement by Modi said, "Even as the Central government earmarks just 35 per cent of the Union Budget for development work, Gujarat spends 65 per cent of its budget on development work." He added, "Although the state government was elected for a five-year term, it resolves to fulfil the people's aspirations from the very first year itself. Although Gujarat's contribution to the nation during the 12th Five Year Plan has begun in the outgoing financial year, the state government proposes to take Gujarat to greater heights, contributing a lion's share to the nation's development as well, for a prosperous future."
While Patel's budget speech termed malnutrition as a "national problem", the CM's statement said "the new budget would also handsomely contribute to women's empowerment and their welfare, to healthcare and create awareness against malnutrition". For its mission "Balam Sukham" the government has allocated Rs 24
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