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Arunachal budget passed in house

The Arunachal Assembly has passed the Rs 2.08 crore deficit budget with a projected annual outlay of Rs 3,180 crore after several hours of marathon discussion.



Itanagar: The Arunachal Assembly has passed
the Rs 2.08 crore deficit budget with a projected annual outlay of Rs 3,180 crore after several hours of marathon discussion.

Finance Minister Setong Sena in his over-two-hour
deliberation yesterday called upon the legislators for coming
out of an emotional dream of development to a realistic and
holistic approach and suggested a mantra of fund flow to the
people from the banks through various government schemes aimed
at uplifting the rural populace and contributing towards the
growth of the gross state domestic product (GSDP).

He said the focus on the tea sector, with Rs 10 crore
allotted for tea cultivation to win back wayward youths and Rs
6 crore allotted to set up a medium tea factory by the state
forest resource institute in Tirap district, was targeted at
the lower strata of the people to give them sustained sources
of income.

The state’s GSDP of 9.89 per cent during 2004-05 to
2009-10 increased to 13.99 per cent during 2007-08 to 2009-10
because of the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission
recommendations, he said.

But the state government desires a visionary strategy
to involve the people in the production process so they can
equally contribute in pushing up the GSDP further, the
minister said.

The state has 90,000 government employees (one of
the highest in the country) whose salaries and wages come to
Rs 1,735 crore annually while the pension of 1,700 retired
employees comes to Rs 200 crore annually, he informed.
The proposed planning aims at involving the entire
rural population in the development process to prevent their
migration to urban areas.

He said the plan includes mechanism between the Apex
Bank and the National Rural Livelihood Mission for providing
schemes to 5,000 self help groups with an allocation of Rs 12.
5 crore as subsidy at 25 per cent for taking up piggery,
poultry, fisheries, handicraft and handloom, tea cultivation
and bamboo projects.

On revenue mobilization suggested by the members, he
informed that e- payment of taxes will be introduced with the
installation of CCTVs at 4 to 5 entry gates.
Moreover, lottery was being reintroduced again after
the Centre amended the rules, Sena said, adding that the state
was not yet ready for casinos.

Sena had placed the budget on March 18 last in the assembly.

PTI

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