Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who also holds the finance department today presented a tax free budget for the year 2013-14 in the state assembly. This was Virbhadra Singh’s 16th budget in the assembly.
He announced an un-employement allowance of ₹ 1000/ and also announced food and power subsidies of around ₹ 450 crore.
Anti hail nets to horticulturists on 80% subsidy.
Each MLA would be given a budget of Rs 2 lakh as discretionary grant fund.
Every department in state government will scrutinize it’s Acts, Rules and Guidelines and suggest amendments to simplify the procedures and to make them citizen centric.
A State Commissioner (Public Grievances) to be appointed to monitor timely disposal of public grievances.
A State Innovation Fund to be set up with an initial outlay of Rs. 5 crore to encourage departments to try new initiatives.
An outlay of Rs. 175 crore proposed for the state food subsidy scheme.
Annual plan outlay of Rs. 4100 crore proposed for 2013-14.
Integrated Crop Diversification Programe to be started to bring additional 3000 hectare area under vegetable cultivation.
Organic Certification Agency to be established to provide the facility of organic certification to the farmers in the state.
One Panchayat in each district which is completely free of stray animals to be given an award of Rs. 5 lakh.
Financial assistance to the NGOs/Trusts for setting up and running of Gaushalas for provision of cowsheds, fodder etc.
Procurement price of apple, mango, kinnow, malta and galgal to be increased by 50 paisa per KG.
Procurement price of milk increased from the existing Rs. 17.80 to Rs. 18.80 per litre w.e.f. 1st April, 2013.
9% VAT on all types of footwear.
New hotels in the backward panchayats to be exempted from payment of luxury tax for a period of 10 years.
Free travel facility to government school students for going to and coming from schools in HRTC buses w.e.f. 1st April, 2013.
5 thousand meritorious students of 10th and 12th class to be provided Net books/tablets under Rajiv Gandhi Digital Student Yojna.
2000 posts of teachers of different categories, 500 posts of data entry operators/computer operators, 500 posts of water guards, 500 posts of patwaris, 250 JEs/ surveyors, 200 forest guards, 200 posts of Panchayat sahayaks and 100 posts of nurses and all vacant posts of doctors to be filled up.