Gujarat Budget 2018-19 updates and highlights: Gujarat deputy CM and finance minister Nitin Patel today presented the Gujarat Budget 2018-19. The Budget session of the state started on Monday. The session will conclude on March 28, during which the Legislative assembly is expected to pass at least six bills. The Budget session, which has started over two months after new BJP government came to power in December last year, is also expected to be stormy with the increase in the strength of the opposition benches. Some fireworks are expected from “youth” MLAs like Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakore.
A year before the 2019 General Elections, Patel was expected to announce a populist budget to gain back the voters BJP lost to its rivals in the last Assembly elections.
3: 50 pm: BUDGET FOR MEDIA – All accredited press reporters will be provided free passes to the GSRTC Volvo buses by the state government.
3: 41 pm: BUDGET FOR DRINKING WATER – The government allocates Rs 2800 crore for providing drinking water to those residing in tribal areas.
3: 33 pm: BUDGET FOR ECONOMICALLY BACKWARD – Nitin Patel announced Rs 506 crore for the Gujarat Binanamat Educational & Economical Development Corporation.
3: 22 pm: BUDGET FOR CYBER CRIME CONTROL – The government announces Rs 1 crore to start four new cyber crime police stations in Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Mehsana.
3: 18 pm: BUDGET FOR METRO – The state government has made a provision of Rs 592 crore for metro train project in Ahmedabad.
3: 09 pm: BUDGET FOR STATUE OF UNITY – The state government allocates a whopping Rs 899 crore for the construction of Statute of Unity – Sardar Patel statue.
2: 59 pm: BUDGET FOR FOOD CENTRES – State government announces to start 51 new food centres in addition to 87 under the Sharamik Annapurna Yojana allocating Rs 80 crore for the same.
2: 47 pm: BUDGET FOR SOLAR TOURISM – Giving an impetus to solar energy, state government allocates Rs 22 crore to develop Modhera as a solar energy based international tourist destination.
2: 36 pm: BUDGET FOR SEA PLANE – A provision of Rs 30 crore has been allocated for sea plane services and the development of new airports in the state budget.
2: 27 pm: BUDGET FOR AGRICULTURE POWER CONNECTIONS – The state government sanctions Rs 1921 crore to provide 1.22 lakh new agriculture power connections.
2: 20 pm: BUDGET FOR NARMADA – The state BJP government allocates Rs 14895 crore for the Narmada, water resources, and water supply.
2: 15 pm: BUDGET FOR JOBS – In the first budget after winning polls last year, Vijay Rupani led Gujarat government announced Rs 780 crores to provide opportunities for employment and vocations to youths.
2.10 pm: Nitin Patel started budget presentation amid opposition walkout.