U’khand Assembly passes Budget of Rs 53,536.97 crore

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U’khand Assembly passes Budget of Rs 53,536.97 crore

Thursday, 26 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun

The Budget session of Uttarakhand Assembly was adjourned sine die on Wednesday by the speaker Prem Chand Agarwal after passage of the State budget 2020-21. The house which was convened after a break of 18 days passed the Uttarakhand finance bill 2020-21 (Budget) of Rs 53,526.97 Crores within 57 minutes on the day. Prior to the passage of finance bill, the house passed departmental budgets of Rs 43,866.11 Crores without holding any discussions.  The budget was passed within such a short period of time due to the cooperative attitude shown by the opposition members who didn’t brought any cut motions on the budget proposals. In view of the threat posed by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), an understanding to hold the second part of budget session at Dehradun instead of Bharadisain (Gairsain) and pass the budget proposals without discussions was reached between the government and opposition.

 After the passage of the bill, the speaker Prem Chand Agarwal adjourned the house sine die. In the proceedings 45 members of treasury and opposition participated. 

The proceedings of the house started amid unprecedented health care measures at 11 am on the day. Due to the threat of the COVID-19, the speaker had issued an advisory for the members, officers and the staff of the assembly on coronavirus. The teams of health department deployed at the entrance of the house sanitised the members and all those who were present.

The members were checked with thermal scanners and they were provided with the masks. At the start of the proceedings, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat addressed the house in which he listed out the measures taken by his government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The leader of the opposition (LoP), Indira Hridayesh in her speech promised the cooperation of opposition to the government in its efforts to fight the menace of Coronavirus. She however added that the arrangements at the level of government are needed to be improved in view of the lockdown of 21 days. Hridayesh said that the way in which the crowds are gathering at the shops during the three hours of relaxation clearly show that the purpose of lockdown is diluted.

She said that since the elected representatives have given Rs 15 lakh from their special fund to the administration in fight against COVID-19, they have a right to monitor its spending. After it the budgets of different departments were passed by the house and in the end the house passed the finance bill with voice vote.

Department- Budget

Finance, tax and planning- Rs  9,90,56,998 thousand

Education – Rs 9,14,92,448 thousand

Transport- Rs 59,24,818 thousand

Social welfare-Rs 1,37,08,157 thousand

Agriculture and research- Rs  1,04,81,078 thousand

Rural development-Rs  2,31,30,970 thousand

PWD- Rs 2,04,65,565 thousand

Industry- Rs 44,22,229 thousand

Animal husbandry-Rs  41,43,461 thousand

SC, ST welfare-Rs 49,86,359 thousand

Labour and employment- Rs 39,02,343 thousand

Vidhan Sabha-Rs 7,76,244 thousand

Tourism-Rs 28,54,524 Thousand

Irrigation and flood control- Rs  1,27,92,109 thousand

Forest- Rs 1,12,05,209 thousand

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