Himanta presents Assam's first e-budget with no new tax proposal

Himanta presents Assam's first e-budget with no new tax proposal

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.

Explaining the new introduction, Sarma said that the MLAs will be able to access the tablets during discussion and cur motion on the Budget inside the House, and the mediapersons who are covering the budget presentation will be given a pen drive of 8GB with all the details.

For the first time in the country, proceedings of the Budget would stream live on Twitter and Facebook. The budget of Assam is available on the public domain as well through Twitter, Facebook, and a Google app.

The announcement for this proposal was made at the legislative assembly on the first day of the e-budget or digital budget.

Assam Finance Minister to Present State's First E-Budget today
Assam presents its first digital budget, live streamed on social media

"We have taken great steps in making this Budget future ready, citizen friendly and all-embracing through our e-Budget model that has easy to use provisions of SDG (sustainable development goal), gender, child and elderly related", Sarma said.

According to PTI, the budget proposed a levy of electricity duty at 5 per cent on ad-valorem basis and one per cent increase on stamp duty registration fee for transactions in immovable properties. "This, together with the opening deficit of Rs 3149.04 crore will lead to a budget deficit of Rs 2149.04 crore at the end of the year 2018-2019", said Sarma in the BJP-led Sarbananda Sonowal Government's third budget.

It also focused on increasing social media presence of government departments, revival of closed industrial units, support to youths and above all - providing monthly stipend for purchase of sanitary napkins to 5 lakh girls.

Regarding relief to small tea growers, he proposed to exempt specified land cess on green tea leaves.