New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: The Hemant Soren-led government in Jharkhand on Tuesday presented its maiden budget in the state assembly and announced farm loan waiver up to Rs 50,000, 100-unit free power and stated that the residents would be covered under medical treatment for up to Rs 5 lakh. The first full-time budget (of Rs 86,370 crore) by the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance was tabled by the state Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon.
The salient features of the budget included
Launching Rs 5 lakh medical cover for everyone.
Including above poverty line families who have not been covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Scholarship plans for all students up to class XII.
Launching of 'Sari, Dhoti and Lungi' scheme for 57 lakh families.
100-unit free power if people consume up to 300 units per month.
Rs 8 lakh treatment assistance for those with critical illnesses like kidney failure, cancer, liver, and brain hemorrhage.
Loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000 for the farmers, Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 per year stipend for unemployed youth, and CM Canteen schemes, among others.
The state allocated the highest amount for education at 15.64 per cent, followed by rural development (13.22 per cent). Police and disaster management has been allocated 8.32 per cent, welfare, including minorities welfare, 8.28 per cent, health 5.31 per cent and energy 5.65 per cent.
Speaking to IANS, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, "It is a poor centric budget. The budget is an indication that the government is moving towards people living in huts. The budget aims to ensure that no one dies of starvation or due to the absence of treatment. It also aims to ensure that all children go to school, and not graze goats."
"The aim is to make the farmers happy. Some steps have also been taken for the youth. Our aim is to provide employment to the youth and stipend to those who are trying their luck for jobs." the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister also said that the state is planning to reserve 50 per cent of seats in government jobs.
He also took a dig at the construction of high court and Assembly buildings.
(with IANS inputs)
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