Sarma read out the budget, the third for the state's first BJP-led coalition headed by Sarbananda Sonowal, from a touch-screen tablet, making Assam the third state in the country after Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to digitize the budget document.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Finance Minister of Assam today presented the first e-budget of the state.
Under a Rs 30 crore scheme, the government promised a sanitary napkin allowance of Rs 50 every month to girls aged 12-20 years hailing from families earning less than Rs 5 lakh annually. Almost 5 lakh girls would be covered by this scheme.
This stipend will be directly transferred to the girls' bank accounts linked to their date of birth and the payments will automatically stop once they reach 20 years of age.
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"The government has also earmarked a sum of Rs 4 crore for Swastha Seva Utsav, an exercise to carry out an assessment of public health institutions in the state to provide quality health care services to the people", he said adding that the Swastha Seva Utsav will replicate the Gunotsav, a government programme to assess the educational institutions.
He pointed that the last year's budget also had focused on the agriculture sector, including the Chief Minister's Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) which aims to double the farm income, and other measures such as Zero-Interest crop loans to farmers, financial incentives for farmers using Kisan Credit Cards. This was the first time that the state budget was announced in a digital format.
Explaining the new introduction, Sarma said that the MLAs will be able to access the tablets during discussion and cur motion on the Budget inside the House, and the mediapersons who are covering the budget presentation will be given a pen drive of 8GB with all the details.