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


•    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.




•    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 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.




•    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.




•    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


 Minorities, Special
Assistance and Tribal Development:


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


•    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

•    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. 


  •      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
  •      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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