Highlights of Maharashtra State Budget 2015-16

 Main Thrust Areas: 

•    Emphasis
on dry land farming, accelerated development of infrastructure, removal of
disparity, development of urban areas and generation of employment
opportunities for youth.

 

•    Stringent
measures to enhance revenue collection and ensuring effective capital
expenditure.

 

•    Two
digit economic growth with focus on agriculture, trade and industry,
infrastructure development and financial discipline.

 

•    Government resolve to
take agriculture growth rate to 6%.

 

 Debt Relief from
Money Lenders :

 

•    Debt
relief of Rs. 171 crore benefitting over 2 lakh farmers in Marathwada and
Vidarbha regions.

 

 Agriculture :

 

•   
Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan- Rs. 1000 crore,
cement Nala Bunds- Rs.500 crore and Repairs of ex-Malgujari tanks in Vidarbha-
Rs.100 crore.

 

•    Ambitious programme
of micro irrigation with outlay of Rs.330 crore.

 

•   
New scheme of ‘Motiramji Lahane Krishi
Samruddhi Yojana’ in suicide prone Yavatmal district with emphasis on
mechanisation of agriculture and convergence of various agricultural schemes.

 

•   
State Employment Guarantee Scheme- Rs.700
crore and Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme – Rs.1948 crore.

 

•    Rashtriya
Krishi Yojana- Rs. 336 crore and National Food Security Mission and
Agricultural Extension and Technology Mission-Rs. 257 crore.

 

 Irrigation:

 

•    Outlay for irrigation
sector- Rs. 7272 crore

 

•    Strict
implementation of technical and financial management of irrigation projects.

 

Road Development:

 

•    Mukhyamantri
Gramin Marg Yojana’ announced for rural roads with outlay of Rs. 300
crore. The outlay to be enhanced to Rs.1000 crore every year.

 

•    Pradhanmantri
Gram Sadak Yojana- Rs. 790 crore. An outlay of Rs. 71 crore for those works
which do not fit into the norms of the scheme.

 

•    Outlay of Rs. 3213
crore for road works of 5000 kilometres.

 

•    New scheme ‘Aamdar
Adarsh Gaon Yojana’ announced.

 

 Power:

 

•    Power generation
projects- Rs. 535.34 crore.

 

•    Infrastructure
Development for power distribution – Rs. 538 crore.

 

•    Hydal projects – Rs.
900 crore.

 

 Housing for BPL
families :

 

•    New
scheme named ‘Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Gharkul Jaga Khaderi Arthsahayya Yojana’
announced. Financial assistance up to Rs. 50,000 under the scheme to buy land
to BPL families for dwelling house.

 

•    Target
of 1,00,000 dwelling houses under housing schemes with outlay of Rs. 884 crore.

 

Swachchha Bharat
Abhiyan :

 

•    Swachchha
Bharat Abhiya launched in the state with outlay of Rs. 810 crore.

 

 Infrastructure

 

•    Mumbai
Metro Line-3 Project – Rs.109.60 crore, Nagpur Metro Rail Project – Rs.197.65
crore and Pune Metro Project – Rs.174.99 crore.

 

•    Smart Cities – Rs.
268 crore.

 

•    Purchase of S. T.
buses and repairs of bus depots – Rs. 141 crore.

 

•    Railway projects
under construction – Rs. 68.60 crore.

 

•    Airport Development –
Rs. 91 crore.

 

•    Land acquisition and
rehabilitation of Mihan Project – Rs. 200 crore.

 

Industry and Tourism:

 

•    Cluster Incentive
Scheme – Rs. 315 crore.

 

•    Subsidy on
electricity to power looms – Rs. 1232.53 crore.

 

•    Preservation and
protection of notified forts – Rs. 50 crore.

 

•   
Establishment of Maharashtra State
Eco-tourism Development Board to develop tourism in the forest and protection
of bio-diversity

 

•    Development of road
side facilities for tourist – Rs. 50 crore.

 

•    Development
of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Project, Gorewada and Sanjay Gandhi National Park – Rs.
100 crore.

 

•    ‘Uttamrao Patil
Forest Park’ at every district.

 

  Forest:

 

•    Maharashtra State
Bamboo Development Board to be constituted

 

•    New
scheme of ‘Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jana Van Vikas Yojana’ to increase forest
cover and forest management through public participation.

 

Skill Development

 

•      New
scheme ‘Pramod Mahajan Kaushalya Vikas Yojana’ announced for skill development.

 

•     
Research and training institute at Sevagram
at Vardha to promote rural artisans and handicrafts

 

Education, Health and
Women Development :

 

•    Construction of
girl’s hostel – Rs. 112.50 crore.

 

•    All
girl’s hostels in the state will have protection wall in the next three years.

 

•    Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
– Rs.1690.56 crore.

 

•    National Health
Mission – Rs.1996.48 crore.

 

•    Rajiv Gandhi
Jeevandayi Aroya Yojana– Rs. 300 crore.

 

•   
New scheme of ‘Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar
Bajarpeth Yojana’ announced to develop market for products of women self-help
groups.

 

 Minorities, Special
Assistance and Tribal Development:

 

•    Share
capital contribution to Maulana Azad Alpasankhyank Vikas Mahamandal – Rs.150
crore.

 

•    Special assistance to
BPL families – Rs.1451.50 crore.

 

•    Special
Component Plan for scheduled castes population – Rs. 6490 crore.

 

•    Tribal Sub Plan – Rs.
5170 crore.

 

 Police and Courts:

 

•    CCTV
cameras to be installed in Amravati, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur cities.

 

•    Cyber Crime Lab at
every district.

 

•    Court building and
residential buildings for Judges – Rs. 413.60 crore.

 

 Strengthening of
Administration:
 

•    Independent
Evidence Based Photography Monitoring Cell at Mantralaya level.

 

•    Scheme
to reward officers and staff in Government who come out with innovative ideas
on saving expenditure or increasing Government revenue. 

TAX PROPOSALS

  •      Local Body Tax to be abolished from 1st
    August 2015. Compensation of Revenue by enhancing VAT tax rate.
  •      Women drawing salary upto to Rs.10000 per
    month exempted from Profession Tax .
  •      Tax rate on ladies Hand Bags and Purses
    reduced from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
  •      Work Book, Graph Book, Drawing Book and
    Laboratory Book for student’s tax free.
  •      Tax
    rate on LED Bulb reduced from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
  •      Tax rate on Guide wire used in medical
    treatment reduced from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
  •      Some
    medicines for treatment of Cancer tax free.
  •      Reduction
    of late fee for VAT Return from Rs. 2000 to Rs.1000.
  •      Tax
    concession on essential commodities continued for one more year.
  •      No
    VAT on Service Tax.
  •      Rate of Excise Duty on Country liquor to be
    at 200 per cent of manufacturing cost or Rs. 120 per proof liter, whichever is
    higher.
  •      Mobilisation
    of Revenue by enhanced premimum on additional FSI.
  •      Entry
    Tax on import of Long Steel in State.
  •      Tax rate on Plain & Pre-laminated
    Particle Board enhanced from 5 per cent to 12.5 per cent. 

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