Key highlights of Assam state budget 2018-19



Furthermore, he stated that the Assam Government has constituted a committee to examine the anomalies in 7th APPPC report.

Sarma read out the budget, the third for the state's first BJP-led coalition headed by Sarbananda Sonowal, from a touch-screen tablet, making Assam the third state in the country after Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to digitize the budget document.

Reporters and media personnel covering the session will also be provided USB flash drives with details of the budget, alongside a printed copy.

The state of Assam will present its budget on Monday, which will be telecast on tablets available for MLAs in the Assembly. However, unlike the other state, Assam budget can be accessed by commpm people as it is available in Google Play Store, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told PTI.

The budget has allotted Rs 11,570 crore to education sector, Rs 5,082 crore to health sector while the agriculture sector has been provided with Rs 1,801 crore.

Providing relief to small tea growers, the budget proposed to exempt specified land cess on green tea leaves.

For the first time in Assam, the state budget was presented in the electronic format. "After calculation, the State Government will deposit 25% of such outstanding dues subject to a maximum limit of 25,000 in each such loan account".

In order to further promote digital literacy and usage, each line Sardar (head) in the tea garden will be provided with a smart phone of around Rs. 3,000.

"In last two budgets, they had made lot of promises but what about the implementation", he said.

Under a Rs 30 crore scheme, the government promised a sanitary napkin allowance of Rs 50 every month to girls aged 12-20 years hailing from families earning less than Rs 5 lakh annually. The registration will be through Block Development Offices. The benefit would end once they reach 20 years of age. This amount will encourage the use of good quality hygienic products.

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