Current Affairs

Budget 2012 at a Glance- Part 1

GoaChronicle.com briefly lists down the key point of the Goa Budget 2012 presented by the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Agriculture

– Present Agriculture growth 1.77 per cent whereas Planning Commission minimum rate 4% –  start intensive farm mechanization –  New Agriculture policy to revive agriculture in the offing.
– Assumed price of Rs. 17/kg of paddy procured from farmers (Central price –  Rs. 7 rest from State Govt. direct into bank account)
– Rs.90/kg min price for raw cashew
– Support price of Rs. 8 per coconut
– Vegetables and fruits to be purchased at fixed price notwithstanding market fluctuations
– Sugarcane assured price Rs. 2400/ton. Advance payment of Rs. 1000/ton to regular suppliers
– Subsidy for food/fruit crops of 70 per cent
– Entire cost of seed to be paid for groundnut cultivation
– Rs. 40 crore set aside for new agriculture initiatives
– Kisan credit cards to be extended to entire farming community
– Watershed Development Society to be set up with Rs. 10 crore fund –  Rs. 5 crore for Water resource development
– Krishi Rath Scheme –  Extending personnel of department and all allied agencies to take central schemes to farmers’ doorsteps
– Milk producers to get green fodder and feed at subsidized prices
– Each veterinary centre to get a doctor and medicines –  Department to get 60 motorcycles to take vets to dairy farmers
– Rs,1 crore for small water body conservation and development against Rs. 25 lakh last year
– Crop loans to get interest waiver for small farmers with up to 1 hectare of land
– Khazan cultivation to get boost with aid for repairs of bunds and sluice gates
– Financial scheme for salt farming. CM to personally hold interactive session with farmers to sort out hassles
– Growth target of 6 per cent for agriculture

Fisheries

– Subsidies of 50 per cent on purchase of fibre- glass canoe and fishing net can avail once in four years
– Construction of landing ramps, net repair sheds etc.
– Encouragement to fresh water fish farming
– Modern cold storage for Malim fishing jetty
– Diesel quota for trawlers up from 16 to 30 kiloliters
– Those killed in cyclone to get full compensation

General

– Allowance of Rs. 1000 per month for every housewife whose family income is less than Rs. 3 lakh/annum. Implementaion by Ganesh Chaturthi
– LPG prices to remain frozen as on 16th March 2012 for all with annual income less than Rs. 3 lakh
– Poder, render, kalikar, khajemkars and other traditional occupations to get assistance
– Rs. 2500 pension for retired seamen Special Insurance scheme for seafarers
– Home guards to get Rs 100 increase in DA from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300
– Grants for NGOs for Alzheimer’s patients
– Rs 19 crore for NGOs working for old and infirm, children and women
– Subsidy for Kadamba for pilgrimages to Shirdi, Valankani etc.
– Goa Commission for Minorities to be set up
– Rs. 385 crore for welfare of ST population, to create economic and educational opportunities. Rs 117 crore for ST Department. All ST reserved vacancies to be filled in 6 months
– Ladli Lakshmi scheme of Rs. 1 lakh on marriage of daughter to curb female infanticide. Rs. 150 crore set aside for this.
– Special Mamlatdar to be appointed for courts to deal with Mundkar/tenants cases
– Mayem farmers to get speedy solution to their land issues
– Ambedkar Awas Yojana to give low cost housing for Goans
– Land and Financial assistance to set up/expand Crematoriums, Cemeteries, Kabrastans
– Dhangar community to get all facilities on par with ST communities
– Dayanand Niradhkar Scheme allowance up to Rs. 2000 from Rs. 1000 per month
– Disability allowances up across the board from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2500/Rs. 3000
– House tax on residential houses in Panchayat areas abolished; Panchayats to be compensated.
– City areas BPL families not to pay house tax

Infrastructure

– Financial and Banking companies to be invited to set up back office operations in Goa; to get land, licenses, broadband etc.
– Rs. 30 crore set aside for unemployed youth to get Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4500 per month. Scheme to be finalized in 9 months
– New Zuari bridge within 36 months
– Other bridges to be taken up this year: Chorao- Britona, Tapona, Galgibaga, Tuem, Calvim, Tiracol
– World class exhibition and convention centre to be set up in consultation with all stakeholders
– Whole state to get underground cables for electricity within 4 years
– 24 hour water- supply by strengthening existing facilities and implementing JAICA scheme
– New bridge at Neugi Nagar to connect Patto to Panaji –  Rs. 83 crore allotted
– Sea front promenade up to Miramar
– New bridge from Betim to Panaji
– Rs. 50 crore for CCP (Panaji Municipal Corporation)
– Market at Ribandar
– Rail under bridges
– St. Cruz to Taleigao bypasses to be built
– GIS to be used for urban development
– Govt to work with CCP for garbage solution
– Plan outlay of Rs. 2000 crore over 5 years to improve urban areas in Goa
– Rs. 316.09 crore to Department of Municipal Administration for hygiene improvement all over state
– Full financial support for all sold waste management programmes
– Use of plastic for domestic use to be phased out. Goal: No plastic waste to be visible
– Plastic waste treatment plant on anvil
– Zilla Panchayats to get adequate funds, manpower.
– Honorarium to Zilla Panchayat members to be doubled.
–  Municipal Councilors to get increase in honorarium
– Panchayat Department budget enhanced by Rs 131 crore

Arts and Culture

– Kala Sanman pension for retired artists, State Awardees to go up to Rs. 2500
– Corpus fund for Tiatr Academy of Goa
– Rs. 5 crore for Ravindra Bhavan
– Kala Mandirs in Mapusa and Canacona
– Baina and Sanquelim Ravindra Bhavans, Rajiv Kala Mandir Ponda to be completed this year
– Theatre teaching scheme to be set up
– Music teachers to get proper pay scale
– Rs. 1 crore for new Konkani Bhavan
– Rs. 1 crore for Marathi Bhavan completion
– Rs. 75 lakh for building/upgrading cinema theatres in rural areas
– IFFI to be grand
– Old Goa churches, Tambdi Surla to get conservation funds

Press – Media

– Publishing houses to give scales according to wage board to journalists,matching grants from Government
– New Press room to be set up
– Rent for Govt. quarters set at Rs. 1000 or 15 per cent of basic wage
– 50 per cent bus concession for journalists
– Housing Scheme for Journalists
– Rural correspondents also included above
– Rs. 6 crore to be provided for above

NRI Goans

– Govt to set- up mechanism to protect NRI Goans property in Goa

Education

– Full thrust on education
– Mandatory internship for all professional courses
– Retired teachers to create good educational content – to be disbursed on Goa Broadband network
– Every classroom to be a ‘smart class’ with computers and e- content from State data centres, distributed via Goa Broadband
– Laptop scheme backlog to be cleared in 2 years
– Std V and VI students to get notebooks/tablets
– Students of aided schools included
– Rs 95 crores for the above
– 100 per cent financial assistance for all students with family annual income of less than Rs. 3 lakh
– Special scheme for training in foreign languages
– Rs. 5 crore for Ayurvedic College for research
– Mid- day meal scheme to be revamped
– Educational cluster at Bambolim to get library, sports facilities including swimming pool.
– Similar cluster to be set up in Mapusa, Margao, Ponda and Vasco
– Agreements with top international institutions in bio- technology
– Bal Rath scheme to be extended to all schools
– Maintenance of all schools, colleges, Higher secondary schools through GSIDC

 

 

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