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Gujarat Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala today presents State Budget 2012-13 in Gujarat Assembly.
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Published Date 24-02-2012

Gujarat Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala today presents State Budget 2012-13 in Gujarat Assembly.

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Finance Minister Shri Vajubhai Vala presented the annual Budget for the year 2012-2013 on the floor of the Gujarat Assembly in the presence of Shri Narendra Modi. The Budget contains a series of new development measures and several pro-people announcements that spread across all sectors of Gujarat’s economy.
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The Finance Minister said that the Government would clear all pending applications for new agriculture power connections in the state within the next 3 years. In the last decade the Gujarat Government has already given 4 lakh connections whereas all previous governments gave 6 lakh connections in total, Shri Vala said.
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A dedicated TV channel for agriculture training and promotion would be launched. 2 food parks and food-processing mission have been announced. The Minister announced Rs 20 crore for 3 lakh cotton farmers as an aid for cotton crop insurance premium.
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The Budget also included 5 new animal hostels, 50 veterinary dispensaries and 57 new mobile veterinary centres. The Gauseva Board will now be renamed as Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board and will work for development of Gauchars.
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For women development, a special women’s economic zone would be set up at the Sanand GIDC. In addition 5 new it is and 41 Naari Adalats were announced.
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In the health sector, Shri Vala announced the purchase of 50 new ambulances for the 108 service. Himmatnagar in North Gujarat will have a new medical college. The Adivasi dominated areas would get new Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Colleges. The Amrutam Scheme was announced whereby there would be free treatment worth Rs. 200 crore for BPL patients of burns, neuro or cancer with each a limit of Rs 2 lakh per patient. Rs 100 crore was announced for Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital and Rs 40 crore for a new trauma centre there. Rs 20 crore was allotted to expand Ahmedabad’s kidney hospital and Rajkot would get a new cancer research institute.
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15 new arts, science and commerce colleges were announced in the budget.
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On the infrastructure front, Rs 133 crore was announced for the Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway. A new river bridge at Vautha connecting Ahmedabad and Kheda was allotted Rs. 16.35 crore. 1600 new state transport busses would be added and Rs 2000 crore was announced for urban middle class housing.
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With instruments for heart treatment becoming tax free, hear treatment would become cheaper in Gujarat. Various ‘Pooja Samagri’ would also become tax-free since this year.
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Pic sources: Gujarat Information Bureau
News Sources: Chief Minister's Website
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