By Arun Pratap Singh
DEHRADUN, 4 Dec: Finance Minister Prakash Pant tabled supplementary demands amounting to Rs 2452.41 crores for the FY 2018-19 in the Vidhan Sabha, here, today. Later, briefing the media regarding the demands, Pant stated that the focus of the demands was rural development and agriculture. He disclosed that, of the total amount of Rs 2452.41 crores, an amount of Rs 1706.25 crores had been proposed under the Revenue head, while the remaining amount of Rs 746.16 crores was under the Capital head.
Of the total budget, an amount of Rs 261.96 crores had been proposed under the salaries head, while an amount of Rs 228.30 crores had been provided under the pensions, etc., head. Pant claimed that to ensure continuous development in the state an amount of Rs 100 crores had been provided under the Special Central Assistance Scheme. New schemes included Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Scheme for which an amount of Rs 71.80 crores had been proposed. Other new schemes included a Pension scheme for farmers for which an amount of Rs 25.19 crores had been provided, while an amount of Rs 30 crores had been provisioned under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). In addition, an amount of Rs 53 crores had been provided for traditional agriculture development scheme. In addition, an amount of Rs 15 crores had been allocated under the Sub-Mission on Agriculture Mechanisation Schemes. An amount of Rs 12 crores had been provided for Integrated Watershed Management Scheme and Rs 1.67 crores for Sub-Mission Agriculture Extension Scheme. An amount of Rs 2 crores had been provided for help of juveniles in need under the Justice to Juveniles Scheme.
Pant added that, for the first time, an amount of Rs 2 crores had been provided for help to destitute girls of over 18 years of age for construction and maintenance of State Level Homes for them.
He claimed that the drinking water schemes had also received due priority of the government with the provision of Rs 40 crores for NABARD aided drinking water projects, while an additional amount of Rs 2 crores had been provided for water pumping schemes.
An amount of Rs 10 crores had been provided for aid to small and micro enterprises of Uttarakhand, while an amount of Rs 2.84 crores had been provided for dairy development projects.
Construction of roads had also received a major thrust, Pant further claimed. For construction of roads, an amount of Rs 170 crores had been provided in the supplementary demands, while an amount of Rs 20 crores had been provided for roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana.