Panaji, January 1: Goa Governor Mridula Sinha on Monday summoned a three-day session of the state Assembly from January 29 to 31, a government spokesperson said on Monday. The session will begin with the Governor's address on January 29 at 11.30 am and the state budget for 2019-20 is also likely to be presented.
Last year, Goa Budget was rolled out by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Though CM Parrikar was being admitted to Lilavati hospital in Mumbai, post-treatment he arrived in Goa Assembly Hall with full enthusiasm to present the Budget 2018.
CM Parrikar started reading the Goa Budget 2018 mentioning 6.84% increase in the allocation as compared to 2017. Total Budget amounted to Rs. 17,123.28 Crores whereas in 2017 it was Rs 16,027 Crores. The revenue surplus was estimated at Rs 144.65 Crores.
These were the fields covered in Budget 2018:
Healthy agriculture and wealthy farmers by allocating Rs 453.49 Crores. This also covers Animal Husbandry, Forest and Fisheries.
Around Rs 1,983.38 Crores has been reserved for the education sector. This sections up Rs 1,470.62 Crores for school education, Rs 345.65 Crores for higher education and Rs 158.11 Crores for tech education.
Health and Welfare
The health sector has been allocated with Rs 1002.16 Crores. Apart from this Rs 1091 Crores has been allocated for social welfare, woman and child welfare and tribal welfare. Also Rs 241.55 Crores have been allocated separately for Panchayat and Rural Development. Further Rs 423.40 Crores are allocated for Municipal Administration.
Transport and Energy
Transport has been allocated with Rs 100 Crores and Rs 2922.36 Crores allocated for Public Work Department, Water Resource and other infrastructure. Also, Rs 2203.61 Crores has been allocated for Electricity and Non-Conventional Energy.
Rs 283.06 Crores have been allocated for Sports to boost the sports mechanism. Tourism being the topmost pillar of Goa, Rs 219.53 Crores have been allocated in the Budget 2018. Information and Technology sector has Rs 331.19 Crores reserved in its shelf whereas Rs 217.70 Crores were given for Industry and Labour sector. To maintain the environment, Goa Budget 2018 has allocated Rs 155.65 Crores along with Science and Technology. Rs 51.78 Crores have been allocated for the cooperation sector.