Chhattisgarh budget: CM Baghel presents Rs 1 lakh crore Budget, to reinstate old pension scheme

Keeping existing tax rates unchanged, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday presented a Budget of Rs 1,04,000 crore for 2022-23 — 7% more than the previous year — and announced to reinstate the old pension scheme for state government employees, and double the annual MLA local area development fund.

The total revenue surplus estimated for the current fiscal is Rs 702 crore, Baghel told the Assembly.

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The expenditure for the year is estimated at Rs 1,04,000 crores, out of which Rs 88,732 crore is revenue expenditure and Rs 15,421 crores is capital expenditure. Out of the total revenue expenditure, 37% has been earmarked for the social sector, 40% for the economic sector and 23% for general services sector.

Baghel, who came with a briefcase made by Gauthan employees of Raipur and made of cow dung powder and gum, also announced a provision of Rs 6,000 crore for Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. He announced an increase in remuneration from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,000 per annum under Rajiv Gandhi Bhoomiheen Krishi Mazdoor Nyay Yojana and also increased its ambit. ‘Manjhi’, ‘Baiga’, ‘Gunia’, ‘Pujari’, ‘Haat Paharya’ and ‘Baja Mohariya’, who worship at the shrines of tribals in scheduled areas, will also get benefits under the scheme,” he said.

Announcing an increase in MLA fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore, Baghel said a provision of Rs 364 crore has been made under the Vidhan Sabha Constituency Development Scheme.

He also announced provision of Rs 22 crore under the Zila Panchayat Vikas Nidhi Yojana with a limit of Rs 15 lakh for zila panchayat adhyaksh, Rs 10 lakh for upadhyaksh and Rs 4 lakh for each member per annum.

The honorariums of zila panchayat dignitaries and sarpanch and panch were also increased under the Budget.

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