Assam Set to Livestream First e-Budget on Google Play

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In a first for the state, the Budget would be available on Google playstore.

For the first time in the country, proceedings of the Budget would stream live on Twitter and Facebook.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday tabled a Rs 2,149.04 crore-deficit budget that focussed, among others, on setting up new educational institutions and improvement of roads and infrastructure, officials said.

Assam is the second state after Andhra Pradesh to present its budget in the digital format in 2016.

Previously, Andhra Pradesh had offered legislators access to tablets, to view the e-budget, but the budget was kept off public domain.

In his budget speech, the Assam Finance Minister said that Axom Adarxo Gram Yojana, a scheme which envisages a creation of model villages where good quality public services in terms of sanitation facilities, roads, drainage, drinking water, school, healthcare institutions will be provided on incremental basis to all the citizens, and provide Rs 5 crore to each model village over the next 3 years and in FY 2018-19.

Sarma shared that the conventional paper Budget would be available as well.

"Education is the backbone of society". The Budget will be provided with a tablet (computer) with details of the Budget to each legislator.

"The three polytechnic will be established at Tingklhong, Majuli and at Hajo followed by nine women colleges at Sonal, Chenga, Batadraba, Jaleswar, Golakganj, Mangaldai, Bilasipara, Hailakandi and at Karimganj", Sarma added.

It is also proposed to increase the tender fee from Rs 8.25 to Rs 100 for tenders up to Rs 20 lakh and Rs 500 for tenders beyond Rs 20 lakh.

He said the scheme will be linked to their date of birth and payments will be directly transferred to bank accounts and payments will automatically stop once the girl turns 20.

Reacting about the state budget, former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi said that there are lot of promises in the budget and it is the nature of the BJP-led government and Prime Minister Modi also.

GI status for all these items will enhance the demands of these exotic items at both national and at worldwide level.

In relief to small tea growers, the budget proposes to exempt specified land cess on green tea leaves. Move will benefit 20000 tea garden sardars around the state. The Swastha Seva Utsav will replicate the Gunotsav, a government programme to assess the educational institutions.