New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday that adequate provisions have been made for schemes for the poor and disadvantaged in the Budget 2015-16.
Delivering his Budget Speech in Parliament today, the Finance Minister said that an amount of Rs 68,968 crore has been allocated to the education sector including mid-day meals, Rs 33,152 crore to the health sector and Rs 79,526 crore for rural development activities including MGNREGA in the Budget 2015-16.
An amount of Rs 22,407 crore has been provided for housing and urban development, Rs 10,351 crore for women and child development and Rs 4,173 crore for water resources and Namami Gange.
In order to support programmes for women security, advocacy and awareness, another Rs 1000 crore have been allocated to the Nirbhaya Fund for the year 2015-16.
Arun Jaitley also said that the national optical fibre network programme of 7.5 lakh kilometre, networking 2.5 lakh villages, is being speeded up as a part of progress towards making Digital India.
The Finance Minister disclosed that an initial sum of Rs 1200 crore has been given for the DMIC corridors in the current year.