Highlights of West Bengal Budget 2016-17

The State Finance Minister, Dr Amit Mitra placed the Interim Budget for 2016-17 today in the West Bengal Assembly. Dr Mitra had placed a vote-on-account earlier this year because of the election.

While presenting the vote-on-account in the Assembly earlier, Dr Mitra had introduced no new taxes and proposed a 17% hike in Plan outlay, amounting to Rs 57,905 crore, for financial year 2017.

Finance Minister Dr Mitra had listed the Government’s “unprecedented” allocation in the social sector, while pointing out that the debt-ridden State has received no help from the Centre in terms of debt moratorium. He added that the State, on the basis of Gross Value Added, has expanded at 12% against the national growth of 7.3%.

Dr Mitra claimed that the State had set a record in terms of expenditure in the social sector — increasing rural development budget four times, health budget three times, minority development budget five times and agricultural budget three times, and creating planned expenditure for women and child welfare.


LIVE BLOG of the Budget speech

Main bure halat ke tufano se ghabrata nahi/ Mujhe apne hauslo pe betahasha naaz hai

Our aim is to establish Bengal as number one among the States in every sector

Planned Expenditure for 2015-16 was Rs 53,000 crore, the highest ever

Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi, Fair Price Medicine Shops and e-governance are some of our achievements

Jean Drèze, the famed economist, who penned books with Amartya Sen, praised Bengal’s Khadya Sathi Scheme

Capital Expenditure in 2015-16 rose seven fold over the capital expenditure in 2010-11

GSDP has risen to Rs 9,20,083 crore

Revenue has risen from Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 42,000 crore

Fiscal deficit was 4.2% in 2010-11 and now it is 2.6%

We have a huge debt burden; yet, we have followed fiscal discipline

We spent over Rs 94,000 crore to repay the debt incurred by the Left Front

Several schemes of Bengal have been adopted as models by other States

Revenue deficit has come down to 1.03%

Institutional delivery has increased from 68 to 90%

30 lakh farmer families have received compensation after floods

There has been a five-fold increase in the disbursal of loans to Self Help Groups

Infant mortality in Bengal has come down from 32 to 27 per 1000 live births

We have sanctioned new permits for 4,000 new routes; this is unprecedented

We have registered 78,000 folk artistes under Lok Prasar Prakalpa

UN has appreciated Bengal for Nirmal Bangla Mission; four top districts in India in the cleanliness mission are from Bengal

We have focussed on the MSME sector – bank funding has increased substantially, which is now the highest in India

We have organised Bengal Global Business Summit twice, which was attended by representatives of 31 nations

A new district was created out of Alipurduar

Five police commissionerates were created

One municipality and three municipal corporations were created

West Bengal Chief Minister has conducted 127 administrative meetings across the State

Chief Minister’s brainchild – Administrative Calendar – is now a model for the rest of the country

Integrated Financial Management System was launched, which helped in the optimal use of assets

2 lakh housings for the poor were made under Geetanjali Scheme

We will do away with manual TDS certificate submission for work contracts; it will now be done online

The deadline for disposal of tax dispute cases regarding VAT reduced from 1 year to six months

Over 8,000 cases of tax disputes settled in fast-track courts; we are doing away with the Settlement Commission

Rs 200 crore allotted for Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

732 virtual classrooms (e-classrooms) with high-speed internet to be set up at universities and colleges; 2,000 such classrooms to be set up in higher secondary schools

Rs 1,000 crore allocatted to the e-classroom project

Rs 57,905 crore allocatted for Planned Expenditure

Rs 285 crore allocatted for agricultural marketing

Social sector spending has increased 4.5 times compared to 2010-11

Infrastructure sector spending increased by 4 times

Agricultural spending increased 7 times over 2010-11

Food grain procurement increased nine-fold over 2010-11; total food grain production was 174 lakh metric tonnes

Rs 495 crore allocatted towards forest conservation

22 lakh new employment opportunities will be created this year

Over 1,000 km of roads built and renovated; this is unprecedented

100% rural electrification has been achieved under the Sobar Ghore Aalo Scheme

85 lakh man-days created under MGNREGA, with an expenditure of Rs 18,000 crore

We created the North Bengal Development Department, Tribal Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department and Sericulture Department

89 police stations, 65 women police stations, 88 fast-track courts, 51 women’s courts have been set up

Five development authorities set up for providing even better governance to the people

হবে জয়, হবে জয়,হবে জয় রে, ওহে বীর, হে নির্ভয়। হবে জয়


২০১৬১৭ আর্থিক বছরের বাজেটের অংশবিশেষ 

আজ বিধানসভায় ২০১৬-১৭ আর্থিক বছরের বাজেট পেশ করলেন অর্থমন্ত্রী অমিত মিত্র। নির্বাচনের কারণে তিনি এ বছরের ফেব্রুয়ারি মাসে ভোট অন অ্যাকাউণ্ট পেশ করেছিলেন।

ভোট অন অ্যাকাউণ্ট পেশ করার সময় অর্থমন্ত্রী নতুন কোন কর ঘোষণা করেননি। বরং তিনি ২০১৭ আর্থিক বর্ষে পরিকল্পনা খাতে ব্যয় ১৭ শতাংশ অর্থাৎ ৫৭.৯০৫কোটি টাকা বৃদ্ধির প্রস্তাব দিয়েছেন।

রাজ্যের ওপর বিপুল ঋণের বোঝা ও কেন্দ্র থেকে কোনরকম সাহায্য না পাওয়া সত্ত্বেও সামাজিক ক্ষেত্রে “নজিরবিহীন” বরাদ্দ তালিকাভুক্ত করেন অর্থমন্ত্রী। তিনি আরও বলেন, রাজ্য তার GVA growth (Gross Value Added growth) ১২% বৃদ্ধি করেছে, যখন দেশের ক্ষেত্রে এই বৃদ্ধির হার ৭.৩%।

ডাঃ মিত্র দাবি করেন, রাজ্য সামাজিক খাতে ব্যয়ের দিক থেকে রেকর্ড তৈরি করেছে – গ্রামোন্নয়ন বাজেট বৃদ্ধি চার বার, স্বাস্থ্য বাজেট তিনবার, সংখ্যালঘু উন্নয়ন বাজেটের পাঁচবার এবং কৃষি বাজেট ও নারী ও শিশু কল্যাণে পরিকল্পনা ব্যয় বৃদ্ধি পেয়েছে তিনবার।

তার বক্তব্যের কিছু অংশঃ 

  • ২০১৫-১৬ সালের পরিকল্পনা ব্যয় ছিল ৫৩০০০ কোটি টাকা, যা সর্বোচ্চ
  • কন্যাশ্রী, খাদ্য সাথী, সবুজ সাথী, ন্যায্য মূল্যের ওষুধের দোকান আমাদের কৃতিত্ব
  • ২০১৫-১৬ সালের পরিকল্পনা ব্যয় ২০১০-১১ সালের চেয়ে সাত গুন বৃদ্ধি পেয়েছে
  • GSDP বেড়ে হয়েছে ৯,২০,০৮৩ কোটি টাকা, রাজস্ব ২০০০০ কোটি টাকা থেকে বেড়ে হয়েছে ৪২০০০ কোটি টাকা
  • ২০১০-১১ সালে রাজস্ব ঘাটতি ছিল ৪.২% এখন তা ২.৬%
  • বিপুল ঋণের বোঝা থাকা সত্ত্বেও আমরা আর্থিক শৃঙ্খলা বজায় রেখেছি
  • ৩০ লক্ষ চাষিকে বন্যার জন্য ক্ষতিপূরণ  দেওয়া হয়েছে
  • স্বনির্ভর গোষ্ঠীর ঋণের পরিমান পাঁচগুণ বৃদ্ধি কড়া হয়েছে
  • বাংলায় শিশু মৃত্যুর হার ৩২% থেকে ২৭% এ নেমে এসেছে
  • ৭৮০০০ শিল্পী লোক প্রসার প্রকল্পের আওতায় এসেছে
  • নির্মল বাংলা মিশন ইউ এন দ্বারা প্রশংসিত, রাজ্যের ৪টি জেলা এই প্রকল্পে শীর্ষস্থানে রয়েছে
  • আমরা MSME সেক্টরে নজর দিয়েছি. ব্যাঙ্ক তহবিল যথেষ্ট বৃদ্ধি পেয়েছে, যা ভারতের সর্বোচ্চ
  • আমরা বাংলায় দুবার গ্লোবাল বিজনেস সামিট আয়োজন করেছি যেখানে ৩১টি দেশের প্রতিনিধিরা উপস্থিত ছিলেন
  • আলিপুরদুয়ার নতুন জেলা তৈরি হয়েছে, পাঁচটি নতুন পুলিশ কমিশনারেট তৈরি করা হয়েছে
  • সারা রাজ্য জুড়ে মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মোট ১২৭টি প্রশাসনিক বৈঠক করেছেন
  • একটি নতুন পৌরসভা ও তিনটি নতুন পৌর কর্পোরেশন তৈরি করা হয়েছে
  • মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর উদ্ভাবনী উদ্যোগ ‘প্রশাসনিক ক্যালেন্ডার’ দেশের বাকি রাজ্যের জন্য একটি মডেল
  • গীতাঞ্জলী প্রকল্পের অধীনে ২ লাখ গরীব মানুষের জন্য আবাসন তৈরি করা হয়েছে
  • ইন্টিগ্রেটেড আর্থিক ব্যবস্থাপনা পদ্ধতি চালু করা হয়েছে, এর মাধমে সম্পদের সদ্ব্যবহার করা সম্ভব হয়েছে
  • স্বামী বিবেকানন্দের মেরিট স্কলারশিপের জন্য ২০০ কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ করা হয়েছে
  • বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় এবং কলেজে ৭৩২টি ভার্চুয়াল ক্লাসরুম (ই-ক্লাসরুম) হাই স্পিড ইন্টারনেট সহ স্থাপন করা হবে
  • উচ্চ প্রাথমিক বিদ্যালয়ে এই ধরনের আরও ২০০টি  ক্লাসরুম তৈরি করা হবে
  • ই-ক্লাসরুমের জন্য ১০০০ কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ। পরিকল্পিত ব্যয়ের জন্য ৫৭.৯০৫ কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ করা হয়েছে
  • ২০১০-১১ সালের তুলনায় সামাজিক খাতে ব্যয় ৪.৫ গুণ বেড়ে গেছে
  • পরিকাঠামো খাতে খরচ চার গুন বেড়েছে। ২০১০-১১ সালের তুলনায় ২০১৫-১৬ সালে কৃষিখাতে খরচ সাতগুন বৃদ্ধি পেয়েছে
  • বন সংরক্ষণের জন্যও ৪৯৫ কোটি টাকা বরাদ্দ করা হয়েছে
  • NREGA প্রকল্পের আওতায় ১৮০০০ কোটি টাকা ব্যয়ের সঙ্গে সঙ্গে ৮৫ লাখ শ্রমদিবস তৈরি করা হয়েছে
  • ১০০০ কিমি নতুন রাস্তা নির্মাণ ও পুনঃসংস্করণ করা হয়েছে যা নজিরবিহীন
  • ‘সবার ঘরে আলো’ প্রকল্পের অধীনে ১০০ শতাংশ বাড়িতে বিদ্যুতায়ন সম্ভব হয়েছে
  • ২০১০-১১ সালের তুলনায় এবছর খাদ্য শস্য উৎপাদন নয় গুন বেড়েছে. মোট খাদ্যশস্য উৎপাদনের পরিমান ১৭৪ লাখ মেট্রিক টন
  • আমরা উত্তরবঙ্গ উন্নয়ন বিভাগ, আদিবাসী উন্নয়ন দপ্তর, শিশু কল্যাণ দপ্তর এবং একটি রেশম দপ্তর তৈরি করেছি
  • ৮৯টি নতুন থানা, ৬৫টি মহিলা থানা, ৮৮টি ফাস্ট ট্র্যাক কোর্ট, ৫১টি মহিলা আদালত স্থাপন করা হয়েছে
  • সুশাসন ও গতিশীল পরিষেবা দেওয়ার জন্য পাঁচটি নতুন উন্নয়ন পর্ষদ স্থাপন করা হয়েছে
  • বৃত্তিকর ছাড়ের উর্দ্ধসীমা ১০০০ টাকা বৃদ্ধি করার প্রস্তাব রাখা হচ্ছে
  • শিল্প উন্নয়ন সহায়ক প্রকল্পের মেয়াদ ৩ বছর বৃদ্ধি করা হয়েছে
  • ৬৮ লাখ লোকের কর্মসংস্থানের তৈরি হয়েছে গত ৫ বছরে আরও ২ লক্ষ কর্মসংস্থান তৈরির কাজ চলছে
  • এই বছর ২২ লাখ নতুন কর্মসংস্থানের সুযোগ তৈরি করা হবে



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Social sector development: Bengal shows the way

Health Care, Education and Skill Development are core sectors where West Bengal made rapid progress in the last three years. The State, under the new Government had to revive and restructure the total infrastructure which had become almost non-existent. With continued efforts, the State made rapid progress by rebuilding the existing projects and creating newer avenues.

Health, Education, Skill development are also the focus areas for the Bengal Global Summit 2014, here is what the Government achieved in the last 3 years.

Health & Family Welfare

• Due to our initiatives, the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has decreased from 145 (2007-09) to 117 (2012) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) from 32 (2012) to 31 (2013).

• From only 6 operational Sick Newborn Care Units(SNCU) up to May 2011, 43 SNCUs have been made operational up to October 2014 and 16 more new SNCUs are also coming up. 285 Sick New Born Stabilization Unit (SNSU) are operational and 23 more such facilities are coming up. All 561 functional health units now have a New Born Care Corners (NBCC) and 100 more NBCC are being set up in phased manner. 25 Neonatal Units will be operational during 2014-15. NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) are functional in 9 and10 Medical Colleges, respectively.

• Paediatric Nephrology Unit is being set up in Medical College Hospitals and Paediatric Cardiology is being set up in 4 Medical Colleges.

• 140 Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care (CEmOC) facilities to manage obstetric complications and 531 Basic Emergency Obstetric Care (BEmOC) facilities will be made operational during 2014-15.

• Out of proposed 12 Mother and Child Hubs (MCH), 7 will be completed within 2014-15 and rest in 2015-16.

• The construction of 40 Super-speciality hospitals is expected to be completed during 2015-16.

• Out of 41 Critical Care Units (CCU), 20 are already functional and the rest 21 will be made operational within 2015-16. Construction of 5 Trauma care units (TCU) has been completed and construction of another 8 TCU and 9 Burn units (3 in Medical Colleges & 6 in District hospitals) is being taken up.

• 95 Fair Price Medicine Shops are functional and another 21 will shortly be made operational. During 2014-15, out of the gross sale value of Rs. 544 crores, the patients availed discounts of Rs. 364 crores.

• Fair Price Diagnostic Imaging Facilities and Dialysis Services under PPP has been established in 22 hospitals and another 26 hospitals will be covered by August, 2015.

• The drugs & equipments budget has increased from Rs. 80 (eighty) crore in 2010-11 to present Rs.403 crore.

• User charges for all investigations, medicine and beds have been waived in secondary hospitals.

• To cope with the shortage of Specialists, DNB (Diploma of National Board) courses have been opened in 6 (six) District Hospitals with addition of 60 (sixty) seats. DNB courses have also been planned in another 4 (four) District Hospitals. From 50,380 Beds in 2011, the Bed strength has increased to 74,507. 180 non-bedded PHC were upgraded to 10 bedded PHC, 144 BPHCs were upgraded to Rural Hospitals. 8 New health districts and 8 New District Hospitals have been created.

• As against allocation of Rs.2,211.06 crore in 2014-15, allocation of Rs.2,588.90 crore has been proposed for Health in 2015-16


School Education Department

• During 2014-15, 155 new primary schools and 350 upper primary schools have been constructed. 584 New Primary Schools along with 1,319 New Upper Primary Schools are under construction. 206 schools have been upgraded from High to Higher Secondary and 104 Junior High Schools to High School.

• 11,430 schools were provided with two additional class rooms. Additional class rooms in another 14,175 schools are under construction. Classes will commence in 44 Model schools during the next academic year.

• 33,628 primary schools are being provided with electric connection.

• 99.36% students of primary schools (77, 76,133) and 98.18% students of upper primary schools (46,90,463) have been covered under mid-day meal programme. ‘Nirmal Vidyalaya Abhiyan’ has been taken up in elementary and secondary schools. Till now, more than 98% of the schools have been provided with toilet facilities.

• 1,151 para-teachers have been recruited to teach Santhali medium in primary schools in Jangal Mahal.

• In the 11 backward districts, construction of 105 Girls’ hostels, 401 integrated school buildings with hostels and 11 PTTIs has been taken up. Seventy one 50-bedded Girls’ hostels and 4 new school buildings have been completed.

• 218 new primary and 373 upper primary schools have been sanctioned and the construction work has been started.

• 25,309 bicycles have been distributed to Girl students of Bankura, Purulia and Paschim Medinipur districts.

• As against allocation of Rs.6, 884.50 crore in 2014-15, the new proposed allocatation is Rs.8,055.00 crore in 2015-16..

Higher Education Department

• The new universities at Panchanan Barma University at Coochbehar and Kazi Nazrul University at Asansol and Diamond Harbour Women’s University and Bankura University have started functioning in 2013-14 and 2014- 15 respectively. Two other new State aided universities, namely, the West Bengal University for Teacher Training, Education, Planning and Administration and Raiganj University will commence in next academic session. With this, the new State aided universities has gone up to six.

• The West Bengal Government is encouraging setting up of private universities. The Techno India University in North 24 Parganas and the Seacom Skills University in Birbhum have started and another five new private universities the Neotia University, JIS University, the University of Engineering & Management, Adamas University in North 24 Parganas and AMITY University will start in 2015-16.

• 45 new colleges are coming up in the State. New colleges at Salboni, Lalgarh, Nayagram and Jhargram in Jangalmahal, State’s first Hindi medium college at Banarhat, Jalpaiguri, New Town, Singur and Gaighata have already started. Another 15 Government Degree Colleges in un-served and under-served areas will start by August 2015. New Government Engineering Colleges are under construction at Coochbehar and Purulia.

• Due to these initiatives of the State Government, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) has gone up from 12.80 in 2011-12 to 17.60 currently.

• A large number of posts in the teaching and nonteaching category have been created in the newly established universities and colleges.

• One of the remarkable achievements has been the reservation for OBC students in higher education under the West Bengal State Higher Educational Institution (Reservation & Admission) Act, 2013. 59,612 OBC category A & B students were admitted in the academic session of 2014 – 15, accounting for 10.60% of the total number of students admitted.

• As against allocation of Rs.342.95 crore in 2014-15, the proposed to allocation is Rs.391.00 crore to this department in 2015-16.

Technical Education and Training

• The State, in order to enhance the employment opportunities through skill development of the youth, has taken up an ambitious programme of setting up one Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in every Block of the State and one Polytechnic in every Sub-division.

• This Government in just three years has operationalized 43 new ITIs and additional 92 ITIs will come up this year. In order to use the expertise of private sector in skill development training, plan to set up 1000 ITIs in the Public Private Partnership has been taken in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation.

• 34 polytechnics have already been set up and 32 more Polytechnics are under construction.

• Apex Chambers like FICCI, BCCI and reputed industrial players like Samsung, Raymonds etc are importing skill training.

• The State has received the highest award in the All India Skill Competition two times in a row in 2013 and 2014.

• As against allocation of Rs.549.00 crore in 2014-15, allocation of Rs.647.00 crore has been made to this department in 2015-16.

Skill Development

• The state obtained first place for the first time in All India Skill Contest 2013.

• Under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal Skill Development Mission has been formed to develop technical and job-oriented skills.

• To ensure development of technical skills, the West Bengal State Council of Technical and Vocational Education and Skill Development Act, 2013 has been passed.

• One new ITI will be established in each block of the state. 38 new ITIs have already been established and seats have been increased by 3700. Apart from this, 88 new government ITIs are being established.

• As a result of Paschimbanga Swanirbhar Shahayak Prakalpo, nearly total 1 lakh 47 thousand nos. of groups have been benefited and subsidy of over 24 crore given in a scheme for reducing loans of the self-help groups

• Number of beneficiaries under the Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasansthan Prokalpo, over the last two and half years is almost 78 thousand. Total outlay of project Rs. 1,715 crore Govt. grant Rs. 396 crore and employment generated in this project is for 2,93,827 people.

• Rs 8.12 crore has been spent to train producers of self-employment projects with the objective to develop the standard of their items. Through 91 special training camps, 2660 local unemployed youth have been given training in different fields with the objective to make the people of Jangalmahal self-sufficient through increase in their earnings.

• The work for construction of Training and Marketing Centre for the development of rural infrastructure at Nilgunj, Minakhan, Dhamakhali of 24 Pgs (N), Durgapur, Khandaghosh and Madhabdihi of Burdwan has been completed. Beside, work for construction of Training and Marketing Centres at New Town, Rajarhat of Kolkata, Ruipukur of Nadia, Phuljhor of Burdwan and the office of the District Collector of Paschim Medinipur is going on.

• Construction of hostels for girl students is going on in 25 polytechnic colleges. Various MOUs have been signed with Raymond, Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industries, ILFS, FUCCU, ASSOCHAM, Security Sector Skill Development Council (SSSDC) and others which will train more than 1 lakh people on various sectors.

• Training under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (Modular Employable Skills): An additional 1,05,000 people have been trained since 2011 under Skill Development Initiative Scheme. Training of 13,500 people has been initiated in backward areas including blocks in the border areas.

This is a Govt of headline management not fiscal management: Derek

Leader of the All India Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien today slammed the Centre by calling it a government that focuses on headline management rather than fiscal management.

Criticising the government for taking several schemes like BRGF, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, mid-day meal scheme, ICDS, modernisation of police forces among others out of central funding, Derek asked the Centre to follow operative federalism instead of cooperative federalism.

He also called the bluff of the Centre on its claims of greater devolution to States. He said there was only a meagre increase from 61.88 paise to the rupee to 62 paise to the rupee. He slammed the government for the huge reduction in social sector budget.

Talking about the Centre’s much-publicised flagship scheme Jan Dhan Yojana, he asked the Finance Minister how many bank accounts have even Re 1 as balance. He criticised him for no mention of electoral reforms either in the Budget or the President’s Address.

Derek O’Brien concluded his speech by quipping two lines in Hindi:

Phool aur poude se hai maali ka kaam,

Jo kaante se darr jaye woh hoga nakaam.


Click here for the full transcript of his speech