Guwahati: Assam Finance Minister Ajanta Neog presents Rs 935.23 crore deficit budget for 2023-24 on Thursday in the assembly.
At the budget presentation, financial announcements were made for programmes to support micro-entrepreneurship and fresh recruitments in different departments.
FM Neog announced that the state will recruit 40,000 in various departments by May 10, fulfilling the BJP’s poll promise of giving one lakh government jobs.
She added that as many as 42,000 youths across various departments have already provided employment, while the remaining 18,000 are at various stages of recruitment.
For the next three years, the state government would invest Rs 5,000 crore to “convert” over 2 lakh youths into job creators in order to support micro-entrepreneurs.
The state’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow to Rs 5.5 lakh crore in 2023-24 from Rs 3.93 lakh crore in 2021-22, said Minister Ajanta Neog.
Meanwhile, Rs. 135 crores were announced for Mukhya Mantri Ayushman Asom Yojana, a health insurance scheme to ensuring affordable and quality healthcare to every citizen, Neog said. She added that the scheme is being implemented in Assam, under which 30 lakh families are entitled.
Neog further informed that this insurance scheme will help 27 lakh additional families of the state to avail of Rs 5 lakh worth of cashless treatment, making it the country’s most prominent health insurance scheme. However, the government will provide each eligible family a cashless card to avail of free treatment.
The estimated transactions during the year will result in an estimated surplus of Rs 660.96 crore, Neog said.
A total of Rs 1,000 crore was allocated for FY’24, the budget proposals said.