Haryana

HARYANA BUDGET 2019-20: ABHIMANYU PRESENTS BUDGE OF RS. 1,32,165.00 NO FRESH TAXES

February 25, 2019 07:51 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

No fresh taxes have been proposed and the existing rates of taxes have been left untouched in the Rs 1,32,165.99-crore Haryana Budget for fiscal 2019-20, presented by the Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, to the state Assembly, today.

Unfolding the proposals contained in the Budget—his fifth in a row--Capt Abhimanyu said in consonance with the theme of “Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek”, these aimed at putting the state in higher growth trajectory and fulfilling the aspirations of the people in the last year of the tenure of the present government.

Lacing his Budget with new initiatives, he outlined two schemes to provide financial and social security cover to families of farmers of farmers with land holding of up to 5 acres, and those of workers in unorganized sectors with family income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month. This is besides a deal with four public sector banks to provide government employees social security benefits.

A number of other such initiatives as introduction of Haryana Accountability of Public Finance Act and output – outcome framework to monitor utilisation of scare financial resources in a fruitful manner for overall development of the state, have also been taken.

Lacing his Budget with new initiatives, he outlined two schemes to provide financial and social security cover to families of farmers of farmers with land holding of up to 5 acres, and those of workers in unorganized sectors with family income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month. This is besides a deal with four public sector banks to provide government employees social security benefits.

With the economy firing on all cylinders, the Budget seeks to combine fiscal prudence with sagacious utilization of resources and idle funds to optimize their use and effect. Riding the crest of better realization of both tax and non-tax receipts, Capt Abhimanyu has not allowed himself to cross the fiscal barriers. While fiscal deficit and debt-to-GSDP ratio have been kept within limits, the pace of reversal of the trend of rising financial deficit has been hastened.

Quoting Kautilya who said, “A tax collector should collect taxes from a tax payer just like a bee collects honey from a flower in an expert manner without disturbing its petals”, Capt Abhimanyu said, “In this spirit, like in the past, this year also, I do not intend to propose any change in the present rates of taxes under the Haryana Value Added Tax (HVAT) Act, 2003 or introduce any new tax in these Budget estimates for fiscal 2019-20”.

Though no new tax has been proposed revenue receipt is expected to increase to Rs 82,219.41 crore in 2019-20 through better realisation of tax and non-tax receipts, over RE 2018-19 receipt of Rs 7,6828.11 crore. This includes state’s own tax receipt of Rs 51,105 crore and non-tax revenue of Rs 10,024.95 crore.

The Budget represents an increase of 14.73 per cent over BE 2018-19 outlay of Rs 1,15198.29 crore and 9.79 per cent over RE 2018-19 of Rs 1,20,375.40 crore. The Budget outlay comprises 28.7 per cent as capital expenditure of Rs 37,924.09 crore and 71.3 per cent as revenue expenditure of Rs 94,241.90 crore.

The proposed major sources of tax revenue are GST – Rs 22,750 crore, VAT- Rs 10,900 crore, Excise Duty - Rs 7,000 crore and Stamp & Registration - Rs 6,500 crore. Non-tax receipts include among others EDC – Rs 3,500 crore, Transport – Rs 2,000 crore and Mines – Rs 800 crore.

The Finance Minister said, in addition, the government proposed to borrow up to 3 per cent of GSDP, which amounts to Rs 22,413.79 crore in 2019-20. Further, grant-in-aid from Government of India amounting to Rs 9,872.82 crore will be another major source of funding in 2019-20.

Detailing broad contours of the initiatives in the shape of social security schemes, the Finance Minister said two new schemes would provide financial and social security cover to families of farmers of farmers with land holding of up to 5 acres, and those of workers with income of Rs 15,000 per month.

Besides, four banks have been selected for providing benefits such as natural death cover of Rs. 2 lakh, medical facility of Rs. 50,000, and accidental insurance to state government employees, up to Rs 30 lakh, he added.

Aligning budgetary allocations with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like last year, Capt Abhimanyu has allocated Rs 46,562.37 crore out of total budget of Rs 1.32 lakh crore to the schemes pertaining to 15 SDGs being implemented in the state.

He has allocated 26.12 per cent of the total budget to Economic Services (i.e. agriculture & allied, irrigation and rural electrification, subsidy -10.31%, power – 4.63%; transport, civil aviation, road and bridges – 4.12%; rural development and panchayats - 3.83 %; and others 3.23%).

As much as 30.69% is allocated to social services (comprising education – 11.61%, social welfare – 7.05%, health and family welfare – 3.80%, public health engineering – 2.71% and others – 5.52%). General Services get 15.28 per cent share (administrative services - 4.49%, pension - 8.07% and others 2.72%) and 27.91 per cent has been allocated for repayment of debt (principal –15.33% and interest - 12.58%).

“The objective of inclusive growth is incomplete and meaningless unless it percolates to the downtrodden sections of the society and women”, said the Finance Minister. Towards this end, an outlay of Rs 8,293.90 crore, being 20.04 per cent of the welfare & development schemes outlay of Rs 41,386.38 crore, has been earmarked for the welfare of Scheduled Castes under SCSP component in 2019-20 and 24.07per cent amounting to Rs 9961.96 crore for welfare of women.

Quoting Kautilya again, who said, (It means that “Government is happy when people are happy. People’s welfare is Government’s welfare. What is dear to people is dear to Government”), Capt Abhimanyu went on to present the achievements of the present government in the last more than four years, its vision and an action plan to achieve the growth agenda to fulfill the aspirations of the people in the last year of its present tenure.

“Inclusive growth has been a key agenda for our Hon’ble Prime Minister, and on behalf of the Government of Haryana, I welcome the new schemes introduced by the Union Government in the Interim Budget 2019-20, which include, among others, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), an income-support scheme for farmers who are the backbone of our economy, and the PM Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana offering income security in the form of pension to workers in the unorganized sector, who constitute a significantly large part of our economy”, Capt Abhimanyu said.

Also the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, RERA Act 2016 and the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act in 2018 introduced by the Government have improved accountability and transparency. The historic decision to provide 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections among General Category aspirants is another milestone towards social and economic justice.

“I also applaud Hon’ble Finance Minister of India for reducing GST rates on items of common use as that has led to higher disposable incomes, laying the foundations for buoyant growth. I further compliment the Union Finance Minister for enhancement of income tax limit to Rs 5 lakh, giving significant relief to middle class tax payers. An individual tax payer having a gross income up to Rs 6.50 lakh may not be required to pay any income tax if they make investments in provident funds, specified savings, insurance etc”, he said.

Dedicating his budget to the people of Haryana in consonance with the theme ‘Haryana Ek Haryanvi Ek’, Capt Abhimanyu expressed his gratitude to each and every member of the House for giving patient hearing to his Budget speech. “I am personally grateful to the Hon’ble CM who gave me opportunity to present the State Budget for five years in a row,” he said.

The Finance Minister requested all members of the House to discuss, debate and adopt the budget proposals, which are dedicated to the people of the state to take the state to new heights to emerge as one of the leading states of the Union.

“With these words, I commend the Budget for the year 2019-20 to the House for its consideration and approval”, he concluded.

RAISED THE OUTLAY FOR AGRICULTURE AND ALLIED SERVICES TO RS.3,834.33 CRORE IN BE 2019-20 

Out to translate the vision of the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, to double the income of farmers, and transform the agriculture sector by taking the diversification route, the Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, has raised the outlay for Agriculture and Allied Services to Rs.3,834.33 crore in BE 2019-20, as compared to Rs. 3670.29 crore in 2018-19 BE.

Presenting his Budget for 2019-20--his fifth in a row—to the Haryana Assembly today, the Finance Minister said the state government planned to transform the agriculture sector completely by diversifying the focus from crop husbandry to horticulture crops, animal husbandry and fisheries in the coming years, and making these sectors holistic, integrated, progressive and futuristic.

Further, guided by the vision of the Prime Minister of transforming our farmers from “annadata to urjadata”, the state government has undertaken several initiatives in the field of renewable energy which include (i) notification of Bio Energy Policy-2018 to promote biomass energy projects in the state.Under the policy, target has been to set up projects of 150 MW by 2022, (ii) installation of grid connected roof top solar power plants of 18.0 MW capacity in 2018-19 and 30 MW in 2019-20, (iii) implementing a scheme to provide solar water pumping systems to farmers to meet their irrigation needs.

Under this scheme, farmers are being provided 2 HP and 5HP solar water pumping systems with 75 per cent State Subsidy and 25 per cent user share, and (iv) The Government also plans to install 50,000 off-grid solar pumps of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity to be implemented with loan from NABARD, with 75 per cent state subsidy, in two phases. 15,000 pumps are planned to be installed in first phase in 2018-19 and 35,000 in second phase in 2019-20. All these efforts will turn our farmers from net consumers to net producers and suppliers of power.

Capt Abhimanyu said efforts were being made to procure maximum quantity of crops for which Minimum Support Price has been notified through the process of pre-registration of farmers under the E-kharid Portal (Meri Fasal Mera Byora). A record procurement of 2.70 lakh tonnes was made in case of mustard and 1.80 lakh MT of bajra, this year.

The state government has initiated Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana for four horticulture crops, in order to ensure that every farmer recovers at least the cost of cultivation, in the eventuality of drop in market prices. This year, 14,875 farmers have been registered under the Bhavantar Bharpayee Yojana.

Besides, the State government has announced a price of Rs. 340 per quintal for sugarcane this year, which is once again the highest in the country. For the first time, subsidy of Rs 16 per quintal was given to facilitate the payment of sugarcane arrears to the farmers during 2017-18.

Work has been initiated for setting up new thematic market by the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, e.g. "State of the Art" integrated Apple Market at Pinjore, wholesale market for spices at Sersah in Sonipat district and wholesale market for flowers at Gurugram. A SPV has been formed to establish and manage the proposed International Horticulture Market at Gannaur.

The Finance Minister said in order to mitigate the risk of the farmers, the government had successfully implemented the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, under which against Rs 406.27 crore premium collected from the farmers, an amount of Rs.1,140.98 crore had been distributed to the farmers as compensation in the last three years, which is more than the premium of Rs.818.20 crores paid to the Insurance Companies. Further, adopting a liberal policy, the government has also given compensation of Rs. 12000 per acre, for the crop damage caused by natural calamity.

In the interest of environmental protection, the Agriculture Department undertook an extensive campaign during kharif-2018 for management of crop residue, with the introduction of new agriculture practices and machinery and provided 80 per cent subsidy to 1,194 Custom Hiring Centres and 50 per cent subsidy to 3,582 farmers.

With a view to promoting judicious use of soil and fertilizers, 45.21 lakh ‘Soil Health Cards’ have been issued during 2015-2017, which are now in the process of being renewed, for the second time, by March, 2019.

HORTICULTURE

The state government has prepared “Horticulture Vision” with the aim to double the area under horticulture from the present 8.17 per cent to 15 per cent and triple the horticulture production in the state by 2030.

In this direction, the Horticulture Department has formed 96 Farmer Producer Organisations covering 34,219 farmers, who will be provided with requisite infrastructure of pack houses and given training in agriculture business operations. This will enable them to sell their produce at a higher price, directly to the retail chains and consumers.A new integrated centre of excellence for Integrated Horticulture Development has been set up at Hodal.

Animal Husbandry and Dairy

In order to provide socio-economic security to the livestock owners of the State, the “Pandit Deen Dayal Uppadhaya Livestock Insurance” scheme has been launched in 2018-19.

With a view to tackling the menace of stray bulls in the state, the Government finalized the procurement of 2 lakh sexed semen for artificial insemination of crossbred and indigenous cattle.

For infrastructure development, it is proposed to construct the buildings of 52 Government Veterinary Hospitals and 115 Government Veterinary Dispensaries during 2019-20.The 20th Livestock Census has been started for the first time in digital form, from the last week of January 2019. A Departmental app is also being started along with the Government of India app, to record the detailed information on each animal with its photo through “Har Pashu Ka Gyan” mobile application using electronic tablets.

In 2019-20, the state government will develop a rapid milk testing facility at each Government Veterinary Hospital level to detect the milk adulteration in rural areas. “Pashu Sanjivni Sewa” on call mobile veterinary services at the door step of farmers, would be provided initially in three districts, (Jind, Yamunanagar, Mewat) as pilot project and the same would eventually be extended in the entire State.

Fisheries

Capt Abhimanyu said the Haryana Fishery Resource Development Authority has been established for the development of water logged areas in Charkhi Dadri, Jind and Jhajjar districts. This will enhance the income of fish farmers by utilizing the 16,000 identified water logged areas. Water area under pisciculture would be raised from 20,000 hectare to 21,000 hectare, fish production from 2.28 lakh MT to 2.41 lakh MT and fish productivity to 11,000 kg/hectare by the end of 2019-20.

“I propose an outlay of Rs 3834.33 crore for agriculture and allied activities in BE 2019-20 as compared to Rs 3670.29 crore at BE 2018-19. This includes outlay of Rs 2210.51 crore for agriculture, Rs 1026.68 crore for animal husbandry, Rs 523.88 crore for horticulture, and Rs 73.26 crore for fisheries”, Capt Abhimanyu added.

Cooperation

The Government has proposed to set up a 60 KLPD ethanol plant in Shahabad Sugar Mill and to modernise two cooperative sugar mills in Panipat and Karnal with a total cost of Rs.750 crore by 2020-21.Under the ‘Assistance to Milk Cooperatives’ scheme the State Government has provided assistance to purchase 700 Automatic Milk Collection Units / Data Processor Milk Collection Units, to village level milk cooperative societies with the objective to increase transparency and efficiency of milk collection as well as expanding it. “I propose an outlay of Rs.1396.21 crore in BE 2019-20 indicating an increase of 74.1 per cent over the outlay of Rs. 802.07 crore in 2018-19 BE,” Capt Abhimanyu added. 

GOVT. TO PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTH CARE

Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu said that the State Government is committed to provide quality health care to all citizens through a widespread network of 63 Hospitals, 125 Community Health Centres, 509 Primary Health Centres, 2,636 Sub-Health Centres, seven Trauma Centres, three burn care units and 57 urban Dispensaries/Polyclinics in the State. Capt. Abhimanyu was presenting the state budget for the year 2019-20 during the ongoing Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.He said that Rs 5,040.65 crore has been allocated in BE 2019-20 for health and family welfare sector, which is an increase of 12.3 percent over the RE outlay of Rs 4,486.91 crore in 2018-19. This includes an outlay of Rs 3,126.54 crore for Health and Family Welfare, Rs. 1,358.75 crore for Medical Education and Research, Rs 337.20 crore for Ayush, Rs. 172.49 crore for Employees State Insurance Health Care and Rs. 45.67 crore for Food and Drugs Administration.

He said that Haryana is the first State in the country to raise the first claim under the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme launched across the country in 2018. Till February 15 this year, an amount of Rs. 6.96 crore has been released in 4,596 claims and 5.60 lakh records have been generated under the scheme.He said that the Government is providing CT scan, MRI, Haemodialysis and Cardiac Catheterization (Cath Lab) services under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode at highly subsidized rates to general public and free of cost to Below Poverty Line and Scheduled Castes patients. He said that 32 facilities including 4 District Civil Hospitals have been certified as per the national Quality Assurance Standards.

He said that four PHCs have been accredited by National Accreditation Board of Hospitals and Healthcare Providers. Also, the lab of District Civil Hospital Panchkula became the first lab in Public Health sector in the country to get the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) certification. Haryana has also been awarded with Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan “I pledge for 9” Achievers Award for its exemplary performance under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, he added.

Capt. Abhimanyu said that the State Government has taken major strides in the field of medical education. With a resolve to establish a medical college in each district, Government Medical Colleges are being established in Bhiwani, Mahindergarh and Jind. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) in collaboration with Municipal Corporation, Gurugram and Shree Mata Sheetla Devi Shrine Board, Gurugram is also setting up a Medical College in Gurugram.

He said that Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay University of Health Sciences at Karnal is being established in village Kutail, Karnal with a 500 beds Super Specialty Hospital including a 50 bedded Trauma Centre. Apart from this, the State Government is also setting up a Dental College in the premises of Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, Nuh. He said that Government Nursing Institutes are being established in districts of Faridabad, Rewari, Kaithal, Kurukshetra and Panchkula. The Central Government has recently announced setting up of India’s 22nd AIIMS, in Haryana, in Rewari district. The National Cancer Institute, an extension of AIIMS, New Delhi at village Badhsa Jajjhar has been inaugurated by Prime Minister in February, 2019, and has become functional, he further added.

Capt. Abhimanyu said that ESI Health Care is providing comprehensive medical services and facilities to 31.25 lakh insured persons and their dependents through 7 ESI hospitals and 79 ESI dispensaries, 3 Ayurvedic units and mobile dispensaries located all over the State. He said that sanctions have been granted by the State Government for opening 100 bedded ESI hospitals at Bahadurgarh and Bawal for which “in-principle” approval has also been received from the Employee's State Insurance Corporation, New Delhi. In addition, a new ESI Medical College of Employee’s State Insurance Corporation in Faridabad has been formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister in February 2019. He said that opening new ESI dispensaries at Taraori (Karnal), Kurukshetra, Charkhi Dadri and Kaithal and construction of building for Directorate of ESI Health Care and an ESI dispensary at Panchkhula by Employee's State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) are other important projects envisaged for 2019-20.

The Finance Minister said that AYUSH Department is providing medical relief, medical education and health awareness services through various Ayurvedic and Unani Hospitals to the people, particularly in the rural areas of the State. The Department is also providing medical education in Haryana through Shri Krishna AYUSH University Kurukshetra and Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College, Kurukshetra. He said that the State Government has approved a proposal for establishment of a Pharma Park at Karnal. Besides, two Mobile Food Testing Laboratories have been approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, which have been rolled out for survey and spreading awareness on food safety, hygiene and promoting healthy eating habits. 

Rs. 12,307.46 crore has been allocated for Elementary and Secondary Education 

Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu said that along with providing quality education, the State Government is focusing on provision of inclusive, equitable and employable education to develop students as vital resources of the nation.He said that Rs. 12,307.46 crore has been allocated for Elementary and Secondary Education in BE 2019-20 against the revised budget provision in 2018-19 of Rs. 11,256.00 crore, with an increase of 9.3 percent. For Higher Education, Rs. 2076.68 crore has been allocated for 2019-20, an increase of 17.1 percent over BE 2018-19 and Rs 512.72 crore for the Technical Education Department in BE 2019-20 as against Rs. 465.70 crore in RE 2018-19, with an increase of 10.1 per cent.He said that as the provision of good and relevant education lays a strong foundation for the development of children and society as a whole, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act has been implemented to render education universally accessible. Keeping in view the safety of school going girls; the State Government has introduced a scheme in the year 2018-19 to provide free transport facility to those girls, who are studying in classes 9th to 12th. About 22,000 girl students are expected to benefit under this scheme, he added.

He said that the State has been attaining new heights in higher education in recent years with its ever expanding educational system and initiatives undertaken to strengthen transform and improve the existing educational institutions. In order to fulfil the commitment to provide higher education to all at door steps, 36 new Government Colleges have been opened in 2018-19 and 590 new posts have been created for these colleges. Apart from this, two new Universities namely IILM University, Gurugram and Maharishi Valmiki Sanskrit University, Kaithal have been set up during the year.

He said that the State Government is making significant efforts for the placement of college going students and emphasis has been laid on start up and entrepreneurship. Use of Information Technology has been enhanced through centralised online admissions, mobile application for students, digital education material in colleges, smart class rooms and e-learning laboratories.

Capt. Abhimanyu said that the Government’s vision is to revamp, rejuvenate and recreate the Technical Education landscape in the State, to become a flag bearer in the country for implementing progressive initiatives in enhancing the employability of engineers coming out of technical institutions. The innovative initiatives that are proposed to be implemented in coming years included institutes with ecological green campuses, which are energy efficient, run on renewable energy with efficient waste management systems, Smart Haryana Hackathon / Tech Career Expo to be organized at State Level, where students are encouraged to be a part of the solution to the problems faced on ground by industries under expert guidance, Centres of Excellence in Collaboration with industries to provide state of art skills to the students and Training of Trainers by utilizing CSR funds for establishing more such centres, to develop universities as world class universities by carrying out reforms in curriculum, examination system and teaching methodology, by accessing online resources and best practices. 

Rs 406.72 crore has been allocated for Industries and Commerce Department  

State Government is determined to create an ecosystem in which ‘Ease of Doing Business’, guided by the principle of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance, to match the best global standards. Realizing the importance of improving the business ecosystem, the State ushered in major regulatory reforms, which brought the State to 6th position in 2016 from 14th position in 2015, marking a significant progress. Today, Haryana is ranked 3rd in the Ease of Doing Business ranking for 2017-18 and 1st in North India ranking released by Government of India, he said while presenting the state budget for the year 2019-20 during the ongoing Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.He said that an outlay of Rs 406.72 crore has been allocated for Industries and Commerce Department in BE 2019-20 as against Rs 399.86 crore in BE 2018-19.

Capt. Abhimany said that the present State Government had launched a path breaking “New Enterprise Promotion Policy- 2015” (EPP) to propel the State to the next level of growth trajectory. The policy is aligned with ‘Make in India', 'Digital India' and 'Skilling India' campaigns of Government of India and offers best in class incentives to attract investments in the State.

He said that the State Government has already finalised Pharmaceutical and Textile Policies and further it plans to launch Logistics Warehousing and Retail policy shortly. He said that the State Government came up with its own Mini Cluster Development Programme which provides 90 per cent grant-in-aid for investment projects upto Rs. 2 crore for setting up common facility centre, thus providing a boost to the MSME sector in the State. The scheme has been recognized as one of the best practices by the Government of India.

The Finance Minister said that the Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) expressway of 135 Km across Kundli, Manesar and Palwal, abutting Delhi from three sides to decongest traffic, has become operational in November 2018. He said that a Global Economic Corridor is also proposed to be developed alongside the expressway with an estimated investment potential of USD 50 billion. He said that the State Government is working on development of five cities with about 2.5 lakh hectares area along the KMP corridor as part of “Panchgram” vision. To fast track the progress, Panchgram authority also is being constituted, he added.He said that the State Government has developed a state-of-the-art Industrial and Commercial Township of nearly 3,300 acres of land near Kharkhoda (Sonipat) and Industrial Model Township (IMT) at Sohna in 1400 acres. These townships would be in the vicinity of KMP Expressway as well as connect the Gurgaon-Sohna-Alwar highway, thus helping in development of an industrial corridor with world class facilities.

He said that the State Government is also developing an Integrated Multi Model Logistics Hub in Narnaul, Mahendragarh, spread over 1000 acres in collaboration with Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC), with a proposed cost of USD 1 Billion. He said that the State has started implementation of early 36 bird projects such as Global Smart City at Gurugram with an investment potential of USD 15 Billion and Mass Rapid Transit System under Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC).

Capt. Abhimanyu said that during the present government, 29 Mega Units with an investment of more than Rs 100 crore have been established. Apart from this, employment for 14,285 persons has been generated with an investment of Rs. 6,884 crore. In addition, 138 large enterprises, with an investment between Rs.10 crore to Rs.100 crore, have been established in the tenure of present government, with an investment of Rs.5,140 crore and employment for 30,450 persons. Also, 42,021 MSME enterprises, with investment upto Rs.10 crore, have been established, with an investment of Rs.11,152 crore generating employment for 2.66 lakh persons. 

Living up to the credentials of a welfare state wedded to the welfare of women and children, Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Backward Classes (BCs) and ex-servicemen, the Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, has raised the outlay on all three counts in his Budget for 2019-20 presented to the State Assembly, today.

Unfolding the steeped-in-social-welfare Budget proposals---his fifth in a row--Capt Abhimanyu said the Women and Child Welfare Department had been allocatedRs.1,504.98 crore in BE 2019-20, which is 14.3 per cent more than the outlay of Rs.1317.10 crore in RE 2018-19.

‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme is the flagship programme being implemented by the state government. This programme has been conferred four awards in January, 2019 by the Government of India for overall support, guidance, monitoring and achieving the targets of the programme.

With the efforts of the present government, and successful implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, sex ratio (at birth) has improved significantly, reaching the level of 914 in 2018, as compared to only 830 in 2011.

He said the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) had been implemented in all districts of the state. Panchkula and Yamunanagar were awarded as 2nd and 3rd best performing districts respectively in North Zone in September 2018. During 2018-19, all districts of Haryana have been covered under the Poshan Abhiyaan and One Stop Centre for Women “Sakhi” schemes.

 “I propose an outlay of Rs.1,504.98 crore for Women and Child Development in BE 2019-20, which is 14.3 per cent more than the outlay of Rs.1317.10 crore in RE 2018-19”, Capt Abhimanyu added.

Welfare of SC, BC and Social Justice & Empowerment

Capt Abhimanyu said the state government had taken a number of initiatives for the welfare and upliftment of labourers, poor and those belonging to SCs, BCs, women and the old aged, to achieve the vision of “Ekatma manav darshan” and “Antyodaya” propounded by Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya a great philosopher and politician of modern India.

The Haryana State Commission for Scheduled Castes Act, 2018 has been enacted and notified in November 2018. The commission will investigate and inquire into specific complaints with respect to the deprivation of rights and safeguards of the Scheduled Castes in the State.

Under the scheme of “Mukhya Mantri Viwah Shagun Yojna” an amount of Rs. 51,000 is provided to the persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Denotified Tribes and Tapriwas Jatis living below poverty line, and Rs. 11,000 to all sections of BPL categories other than SCs on the occasion of marriage of their daughters.

The Finance Minister said, subsidy of Rs 50,000 was being provided to persons of Scheduled Castes, Vimukt, Ghumantu and Tapriwas Jatis living under below poverty line for the repair of houses under Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Awas Navinikaran Yojana.

In order to enable SCs and BCs, widows and destitute women for self employment,Tailoring Training Scheme has been implemented.

To encourage meritorious SC students, scholarships ranging from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12,000 per annum are provided under Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatra Yojana in class 11th, 1st year of Graduation and 1st year of Post-Graduation courses. Scholarship is also provided to BC students of Matric class on the basis of their percentage score.

Free coaching is provided to aspirants from SCs and BCs to prepare for various competitive and entrance examinations under the “Financial assistance for higher competitive entrance examination to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes candidates Scheme”.

The pension of elderly, disabled and widows was enhanced by Rs 200 to Rs 2,000 per month with effect from 1st November, 2018. Further, financial assistance to destitute children has been enhanced from Rs 900 to Rs 1100 and for non-school-going disabled children from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,400 per month.

“I propose an outlay of Rs 7199.32 crore for Welfare of SCs, BCs and Social Justice and Empowerment sector in BE 2019-20 as compared to Rs. 6348.62 crore at RE 2018-19 with an increase of 13.4 per cent”, he added.

Sainik & Ardh Sainik Welfare Department

 Capt Abhimanyu said it is a matter of pride that every tenth soldier in the country belongs to Haryana. As many as 63 jobs were provided to the next of kin of battle causalities during 2018-19.

The government is committed to ensuring timely payment of all grants to Defence personnel, para-military forces, ex-serviceman and war widows. In the martyr family support 273 jobs have been provided to next of kin of martyrs in the last four years. “I also thank Govt. of India for providing OROP (One Rank One Pension) and depositing Rs. 35000 crores in Veteran’s account against OROP. I also thank Hon’ble Prime Minster for making the National War Memorial at India Gate in New Delhi which was a long pending demand of ESM. This is the first War Memorial after Independence”, Capt Abhimanyu said.

An outlay of Rs.211.30 crore is provided for Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department in BE 2019-20, which is 64.0 per cent more than Rs.128.81crore in BE 2018-19, he added. 

 

 

Firing on all cylinders, the economy of Haryana is growing at a fast clip. While the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), Gross State Value Added (GSVA) in all the three tiers of the economy, and per capita income, are on the uptick, both fiscal deficit and debt-to-GSDP ratio have been kept within the confines of respective limits.

Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, said during 2018-19, as per Advance Estimates, the GSDP of Haryana was expected to achieve a growth of 8.2 per cent, against 7.2 per cent recorded at the national level.

According to advance estimates, GSDP of Haryana for 2018-19 at current prices has been estimated at Rs.7.07 lakh crore, contributing 3.75 per cent to the all- India GDP of Rs188.41 lakh crore. The GSDP of Haryana at constant prices has been estimated as Rs.5.26 lakh crore, which is 3.77 per cent of the estimated All-India GDP of Rs.139.52 lakh crore in 2018-19.Significantly, the composition of GSVA signifies a structural transformation towards the services sector, a sure mark of a developing and mature economy. Also, Haryana occupies the bench of advanced states in the country with the highest per capita income.

Capt Abhimanyu said, the growth of GSVA in the primary sector had been estimated at 5.5 per cent, 8.6 per cent in the secondary sector and 8.2 per cent in the tertiary sector at constant prices in 2018-19. The corresponding figures at national level for the same time period have been estimated at 3.3 per cent for primary sector, 8.6 per cent for secondary sector and 7.3 per cent in tertiary sector.

As a result of the initiatives taken by the state government to diversify source of income for persons employed in the primary sector, the highest growth rate is estimated to be in livestock at 11.1 per cent, followed by pisciculture and aquaculture at 7.4 per cent. In the secondary sector, electricity, gas, water supply and other utility services are likely to register a growth of 17.5 per cent and manufacturing 9.2 per cent in 2018-19. In the tertiary sector, trade and repair services are expected to achieve growth rate of 9.6 per cent, financial services 9.2 per cent and public administration 10.5 per cent.Since 2014-15, share of the tertiary sector has increased by 1.62 per cent to an estimated 50.2 per cent of GSVA and the share of secondary sector has increased by 1.27 per cent to an estimated 32 per cent of GSVA at constant prices in 2018-19. The share of primary sector is estimated at 17.8 per cent in 2018-19.

The Finance Minister said since 2014-15, the per capita income of the state is estimated to have increased by over 34 per cent at constant prices. The per capita income of the state at constant prices in 2017-18 was estimated at Rs.1,57,649 which is likely to further increase to Rs.1,68,209 in 2018-19 as compared to the All-India figure of Rs.91,921.The per capita income of the state at current prices in 2014-15 was Rs 1,47,382. In 2017-18, it was estimated at Rs 2,03,340 which is likely to further increase to Rs 2,26,644 in 2018-19, as compared to the All-India figure of Rs 1,25,397 in 2018-19, making Haryana one of the leading states with highest per capita income among the major states in the country.

“Hon’ble Speaker Sir, I am happy to inform the august House that, the Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL), in its report “State’s of growth 2.0” published in January 2019, has mentioned that Haryana was one of the only two states in India that registered both high overall GSDP growth and high GVA growth in employment intensive sectors, higher than national average, indicative of our progress towards our goal of creating more job opportunities per investment in the state”, the Finance Minister added.

Fiscal Parameters

Referring to fiscal parameters, Capt Abhimanyu said, under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, Haryana had emerged as one of the best financially administered states in the country. This is clearly manifested by the fact that all the fiscal parameters, except revenue deficit, are well within the limits prescribed by the Fourteenth Finance Commission and the FRBM Act.Moreover, the government has been able to reverse the increasing trend of revenue deficit. This is clear from the fact that in 2016-17, the revenue deficit, which was 2.92 per cent of GSDP, is estimated at 1.53 per cent of GSDP for 2019-20.

Effective revenue deficit, a better fiscal indicator, excludes grants given for the creation of capital assets from revenue deficit. The effective revenue deficit was 2.81 per cent in 2016-17 which had declined to 1.03 per cent of GSDP in 2017-18. In BE 2019-20, it is projected to further decrease to 0.73 per cent of GSDP. This proves that more emphasis has been laid on the creation of capital assets in the economy by the present government. The share of capital expenditure in total budget has increased from 20 per cent in 2016-17 to 29 per cent in 2019-20, demonstrating that borrowings are leveraged to increase capital expenditure.

“We have taken several measures to reduce revenue deficit. We have introduced the Performance linked Outlay mechanism to incentivize departments to increase capital expenditure, reduce non-productive expenditure and curb parking of funds. We are also introducing a Bill “The Haryana Accountability of Public Finance Bill” to improve accountability and audit mechanism. With these initiatives, the government hopes to bring down Revenue Deficit to zero in next five years”, he added.

Fiscal Deficit Within Limit

Capt Abhimanyu said that by following prudent fiscal management policies, fiscal deficit had been kept within the limit of 3 per cent prescribed by the Fourteenth Finance Commission though the demand for funds for development activities had increased manifold over the years.In 2016-17, fiscal deficit of the state was 2.91 per cent of GSDP. In 2017-18, it was 2.71 per cent of GSDP (without UDAY). However with UDAY, it has marginally increased to 3.05 per cent. In 2018-19 BE, fiscal deficit was estimated at 2.82 per cent of GSDP with UDAY and 2.51 per cent without UDAY.

In 2018-19 RE, it is estimated at 2.90 per cent of GSDP with UDAY and 2.60 per cent of GSDP without UDAY. For the ensuing year 2019-20, it is likely to be 2.86 per cent of GSDP with UDAY and 2.59 per cent of GSDP without UDAY.The debt-to-GSDP ratio too remained within the stipulated limit of 25 per cent. In 2017-18, debt-to-GSDP ratio without UDAY was 18.17 per cent, in 2018-19 RE, it is estimated at 18.52 per cent, while for 2019-20 BE, it is projected at 19.55 per cent.

The debt-to-GSDP ratio with UDAY was 22.32 per cent in 2017-18 BE and 22.19 per cent in 2018-19 RE. For 2019-20 BE, it is projected at 22.86 per cent with UDAY and 19.55 per cent without UDAY.

Capital Expenditure Up

Capt Abhimanyu said, as capital expenditure had a direct impact on economic development, the state government was committed to enhancing the proportion of capital expenditure in total expenditure.

“I am happy to inform the august House that, as compared to capital expenditure of Rs. 30,011.76 crore in 2018-19 BE, we are able to increase it to Rs. 35,040.59 crore in 2018-19 RE. It is further likely to increase to Rs. 37,924.09 crore in 2019-20 BE. As proportion of total expenditure, capital expenditure has increased from 22.50 percent in 2017-18 to 29.11 per cent in 2018-19 RE. As per 2019-20 BE, it is estimated at 28.69 percent of total budget”, he added.Besides budgetary allocation for capital expenditure, our Public Sector Undertakings are also making substantial capital investment in the creation and strengthening of capital infrastructure in the state. It is estimated that capital investment to the tune of Rs. 4,185.00 crore is likely to be made by PSUs in 2019-20. Hence, cumulative total capital investment is estimated to be Rs. 42,109.09 crore in BE 2019-20.

Public Sector Enterprise Performance

Referring to the working of Public Sector Enterprises, Capt Abhimanyu said 22 PSEs were registered under the Companies Act, 1956, out of which 18 PSEs earned net profit in 2017-18, as against 13 PSEs in 2013-14. The profit earned by these 18 PSEs was Rs.1116.16 crore in 2017-18.The number of loss-making PSEs reduced to four in 2017-18 from nine in 2013-14. In monetary terms, the overall losses of state PSEs have been reduced to Rs.19.89 crore in 2017-18.Similarly, 19 PSEs registered under the Cooperative Societies Act, 1984, have also shown signs of improvement. The number of profit making PSEs has increased from five in 2013-14, to seven in 2017-18 and their profit margins have increased from Rs.72.91 crore to Rs.132.20 crore, during this period, he added.

Rs 12988.61 crore has been allocated for Power Department, Rs 475.91 crore has been allocated for Department of New and Renewable Energy.  

Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu said that under the “Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon” scheme, 675 feeders covering 3,205 villages in the State are getting 24 hours power supply. He said that the State Government is committed to provide 24x7 power for all and improve the power supply in the rural areas.Capt. Abhimanyu was presenting the state budget for the year 2019-20 during the ongoing Budget Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today. He said that all villages in the districts of Panchkula, Ambala, Gurugram, Faridabad, Sirsa and Fatehabad are getting 24 x 7 hours power supply.He said that while budget of Rs 12988.61 crore has been allocated for Power Department, Rs 475.91 crore has been allocated for Department of New and Renewable Energy.

He said that concerted efforts have been made to reduce Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses by the Discoms. AT & C losses has been reduced by 13.12 per cent from 30.02 per cent in 2016-17 to 16.9 per cent in 2018. During 2017-18, Discoms achieved financial turnaround two years ahead of target and registered a net profit of Rs. 412.34 crore. The Finance Minister said that the State Government has taken number of new initiatives in power sector. For the first time, tariff for domestic consumers has been reduced almost by half by providing subsidy, benefiting 41.5 lakh consumers, covering more than 90 percent domestic category consumers.

He said that a smart grid pilot project has been implemented in Panipat town covering 10,000 consumers whereas; the implementation of another Smart Grid Project is underway in Gurugram. It would benefit about 2.5 lakh consumers. Apart from this, Haryana Discoms have signed an MoU with Energy Efficient Services Limited in July, 2018 to install 10 lakh smart meters in the next three years. The Finance Minister said that the State Government has decided to release connections with respect to 85,000 pending applications received upto December 31st, 2018. Under the new Policy, the applicants upto 10 BHP would have the option of taking grid connected electricity connection from Discoms or Off-grid solar powered connection from HAREDA. He said that it has also been decided that new tube-well connections in the State would mandatorily come with Micro Irrigation System and Energy Efficient Pump Sets. For strengthening power transmission system, it has been planned to create 19 new sub-stations, augment 89 existing sub-stations and to erect over 1000 Km circuit transmission lines in 2019-20, he added.

He said that for proper distribution of power, in the last four years, 140 new 33 KV sub-stations have been set up, capacity of 386 existing sub-stations augmented and 1,555 kms of new 33 KV lines have been erected. Now, it has been planned to create 95 new sub-stations, augment 107 existing 33 KV sub-stations and erect 700 km of 33 KV lines in 2019-20.

Capt. Abhimanyu said that the State Government has notified a Bio Energy Policy-2018 to promote biomass energy projects in the State. Under this policy it is targeted to set up projects of 150 MW by 2022. He said that the State Government has allocated four paddy straw based biomass power projects of 49.8 MW capacity to independent power projects, which are likely to be commissioned by 2020. These projects would consume about 5.55 lakh ton paddy straws annually. The Government has signed a MoU with Indian Oil Corporation Limited for setting up Compressed Biogas (CBG) plants of 1,000 TPD capacity by 2023. This would result in production of about 4.0 lakh tons of compressed biogas per annum, he further added.

He said that the State Government has instituted Kalpana Chawla Haryana Solar Award for scientists working in the field of solar energy, who would be selected from 121 member countries of the International Solar Alliance. Apart from this, the State Government is implementing a scheme to provide solar water pumping systems to farmers to meet their irrigation needs. Under this scheme, farmers would be provided 2 HP and 5HP solar water pumping systems with 75 per cent State Subsidy and 25 per cent user share.

The Minister said that the State Government also plans to install 50,000 off-grid solar pumps of 3 HP to 10 HP capacity to be implemented with loan from NABARD, with 75 per cent State subsidy, in two phases. 15,000 pumps are planned to be installed in first phase in 2018-19 and 35,000 in second phase in 2019-20. He said that in order to provide basic light and fan facilities in Anganwadi Centres, the Government has planned to install solar home systems consisting of 3 LED lights, 2 fans and 2 USB ports in all the Anganwadi centres of the State. In the 1st phase, solar home systems are under installation in 9,500 Anganwadi centres during 2018-19.

Two schemes to provide financial and social security cover to families of farmers of farmers with land holding of up to 5 acres : Sticking to the past practice of stitching his Budgets with the thread of new initiatives, the Finance Minister, Capt Abhimanyu, has, this time too, rolled out some more to provide financial and social security cover to families of farmers, workers and state government employees, inject greater accountability in the management of finances, and ensure utilization of idle funds.     Presenting his fifth consecutive Budget for 2019-20 to the state Assembly today, he said these initiatives included two schemes to provide financial and social security cover to families of farmers of farmers with land holding of up to 5 acres, and those of workers in unorganized sectors with family income of less than Rs. 15,000 per month.

Besides, four banks have been selected for providing benefits such as natural death cover of Rs. 2 lakh, medical facility of Rs. 50,000, and accidental insurance to state government employees, up to Rs 30 lakh.Capt Abhimanyu said, “This year we are celebrating 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. I quote his famous observation “I give you a Talisman – recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen, and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him”. Hon’ble Speaker Sir, in this spirit, and as pronounced by the Hon’ble CM in his reply to the Governor’s Address, I take this honour to announce two new schemes one for the farmers and another for the workers in unorganized sectors.

Getting guided by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay who had observed, “The measurement of economic plans and economic growth cannot be done with those who have risen above on the economic ladder but of those who are at the bottom”, Capt Abhimanyu proposed to introduce two schemes.

An outlay of Rs.1,500 crore has been provided in this budget for these two new schemes. However, details are being worked out, he added.

Corporate Salary package

The Haryana Government, for the first time ever, taken a unique initiative by negotiating with banks to provide a plethora of benefits to government employees under corporate salary package.Under this scheme, four banks namely SBI, HDFC, PNB and HARCO Bank have been selected for providing benefits such as - Natural death cover of Rs. 2 lakh, medical facility of Rs. 50,000 and accidental insurance to employees, up to Rs 30 lakh.

Referring to management of state finances, Capt Abhimanyu said under the stewardship of the Chief Minister, Haryana had attained pole position in the country by being a leader of the change in the management of state finances and budgets. In the last four years, we have been able to transform the financial and fiscal management of the state.

Financial Accountability

In an endeavor to increase accountability of government departments and all such entities receiving public funds, the state government proposes to introduce the ‘Haryana Accountability of Public Finances Bill, 2019’.

The Bill when enacted will provide for an effective and efficient system to facilitate accountability of public finances through appropriate accounting and auditing systems in all the departments and entities receiving public money.

In addition, the government also intends to constitute “Haryana Audit & Accounts Service”, to facilitate better management and accountability of public finance and effective implementation of the proposed legislation.

Output-Outcome Framework

The Haryana Government is committed to working with NITI Ayog to achieve the sustainable development goals. Towards this end, it prepared Vision 2030 document in June 2017 and also aligned budgetary allocations with these goals last year.

“Taking a step forward this year, I propose to introduce the “Output-Outcome Framework” for the Budget 2019-20. This will serve as the foundation step by providing integrated framework for aligning the public spending towards achieving the SDGs in a phased manner. This framework will further facilitate deeper understanding about the government’s welfare and development activities among all stakeholders and enable departments to keep track of their performance during the year”, he said.

Signing of MOU

For the first time, in the spirit of cooperative federalism, a process is being initiated to sign an MoU between the Finance Departments of Governments of Haryana and Gujarat, to facilitate and strengthen collaboration between the two state governments in the areas of fiscal management, financial service and IT support.

Performance Linked Outlay

The state government recognizes the need to leverage financial resources for creation of productive assets, while maintaining fiscal prudence, in order to sustain the growth trajectory of the state. Therefore, to ensure efficient and prudent utilization of resources, a new scheme “Performance Linked Outlay” has been introduced by the state government.

Implementation of the PLO scheme will improve the financial discipline of the state by encouraging fiscal prudence. It will incentivize departments to target the resources for productive utilization. Further, it would be instrumental in deterring the parking of funds and rushed withdrawals towards the fag end of the year.It would also facilitate the Finance Department to re-allocate the budget after assessing the absorptive and spending capacity of the departments, Capt. Abhimanyu added.

Parking of funds

In another landmark initiative, to make government institutions accountable for public money and to ensure proper utilization of funds for development activities, a one-time exercise was conducted to ascertain the amount of funds lying idle with the concerned organizations.As a result of this exercise, the government has been able to unearth unutilized money running into crore of rupees. The recently Haryana Financial Services Ltd. will consolidate and deploy these funds in an efficient manner, Capt. Abhimanyu added.

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