New Delhi: Following is the statement of Shri Ananth Kumar, Union minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers on General Budget 2016-17:
“I congratulate Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley for presenting a growth oriented and people friendly budget today. The Hon’ble Finance Minister has presented a revival budget which will play an important role in the country's rejuvenation and restore confidence in Asia's third-largest economy.
The Budget of Shri Narendra Modi’s Government presented by the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely today, is Growth Oriented, Pro-Poor and pro-Middle Class, giving fillip to Infrastructure and Agricultural Growth, Investment Friendly while addressing the stagnation in a large number of critical development areas such as Education, Health, Upliftment of SCs & STs, Women’s safety, Gender issues and Care of Children and gives special focus on the Agricultural Sector and Rural Economy.
The last year budget had yielded positive results and this budget presented by the Government under the dynamic leadership of Shri Narendra Modi ji, Hon’ble Prime Minister would be an effort to further improve on the action plan to make the Indian Economy one of the most vibrant in the world. Steps taken in the budget to increase the crop yield in the rainfed areas, substantial budget allocation to crop insurance scheme will protect the farming community in a big way. Animal welfare and wellness programme is the first of its kind which will protect the cattle stock in the country.
The budget has reflected its intention to improve the life of the farming, the backbone of the food security of our country and the people of the rural areas by allocating an amount of Rs.35983 crores for agriculture and farmers’ welfare.The enhancement of the allocation for new infrastructure projects for irrigation, fertilizers and to enhance the coverage of irrigated areas is a major step which will go a long way in augmenting the income of the farmers. A unified e-platform for marketing purpose of the farmers is also a gigantic step which will go a long way in mitigating waste of agricultural produce and would yield better rates to them. Substantial allocation for National Soil Health scheme, increased production by way of organic farming, creation of long term irrigation fund, agricultural credit, interest subvention to the agricultural credit etc., will enhance the earnings of the farming community.Organic farming has been given a big push wherein the Govt will reorient its intervention in the farm and non-farm sector to double the income of farmers by 2022. 5 lakh acres to be brought under organic farming over a three-year period, which will increase the production of cultivation to a large extent, said the Minister.
As Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, I am happy about the proposed Reform proposed for the fertilizer Sector and much needed transformation in the Agriculture envisaged in the budget as this will go a long way in ensuring sustainable livelihoods for farmers and food security. With this, the Government led by Hon’ble Prime Minister has illustrated the unwavering commitment to serving the poor. The proposal to introduce a pilot project of DBT to fertilizers would plug in the loopholes and ensure that the subsidy reaches the farmers directly. Further the proposal to enact a law to confer benefits on deserving sections on Aadhar platform will go a long way to ensure that the benefits given by the government reaches the deserving directly.
The Government has announced to provide LPG connections to women of 1.5 cr BPL households at a cost of Rs.2,000 crore in 2016-17. This would result in the improvement in the health condition of the women and empower them, generate employment opportunities in the rural areas and save substantial time for cooking to the women which could be used for productive work.
The increased allocation for Schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), and the Atal Pension Yojana(APY), would specially benefit the poor and the underprivileged. The proposal to cover 6 crore additional households under digital literacy scheme in next 3 years, is a step in the direction of adopting the technology for development of the people of the Country and augment the literacy level.
Allocation of 2.87 crores to the rural development, introduction of cluster facilitation scheme, augmenting the funds to MNREGA, 100% electrification of rural areas by 2018 would pave way for all round development of the Country which has a vast rural area. Swachh Bharat Mission has proved to be a great success in our Country. The call of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to the citizens had a positive impact on cleanliness, and I congratulate the Finance Minister for allocating 9000 crores for this purpose.
Health sector has been given priority by this Government. My Ministry will take all steps to ensure that the target of 3000 Jan Aushadi Stores announced by the Government is met. Setting up of National Dialysis Centre, enhancement of the amount for Health Insurance Scheme etc. are commendable steps.
I also congratulate my colleague the Finance Minister for his efforts in the foreign direct investment which has been liberalised across the board and vigorous efforts have been undertaken to ease the cost of doing business.
To empower the women and the youth of the Country, the Hon’ble Prime Minister had announced the Stand Up India Scheme recently. The Finance Minister has earmarked Rs 500 crore for SC, ST and women entrepreneurs under this scheme and 2 projects under Stand Up India to be promoted per bank branch per category would be prioritised.
Opening up of 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas in the next 2 years, imparting training to 76 lakh youth under National Skill Development Mission, setting up of 1,500 multi skill training institutes with an objective to skill 1 crore youth in the next 3 years under the PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana has been announced for the development of the women and the youth to join the mainstream for the economic development of the Country. Rs 1,000 crore for higher education financing to help the poor and deserving students will increase the level of literacy in the country.
Considering that the roads and highways form the backbone for the economic development of the Country, this government has worked hard, due to which 85% of stalled road projects were put back on track. This budget has seen Rs 97,000 crore allocated to road sector including PMGSY. This would ensure to achieve the Target of 10,000 km of national highway and upgradation of 50,000 km of state highways in 2016/17. The total outlay for infrastructure Rs 2,21,246 crores which is an all time record.
Raising the ceiling of tax rebate for tax payers with up to Rs 5 lakh annual income from Rs.2000/- to Rs.5000/- and increase in the deduction of House rent from Rs.20,000/- to 60,000/- per year will provide relief to a large dedicated tax paying middle class tax payers. I personally thank the Hon’ble Finance Minister for the same.”
Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir describes the Union Budget as people-centric
The Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Sh. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has lauded the Union Budget 2016-17, describing it as historic, people-centric and developmental. Welcoming the announcement made in the Budget for opening of three thousand stores under Prime Minister’s Jan Aushadhi Yojana during 2016-17, he said that it will provide the common man good quality generic medicines at very reasonable and affordable prices all over the country.
Sh. Ahir complimented the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister for the Budget announcement. He said that Sh. Narendra Modi recently opened 108 Jan Aushadhi Centers in Chhattisgarh, which will provide low price medicines to the masses. Sh. Ahir said that under the scheme more than 6 hundred formulations of good quality will be provided. The stores will also provide medical devices and surgical items. He said the stores not only provide medicines equivalent in potency and efficacy to expensive branded drugs but also provide employment to the skilled persons. Sh. Ahir said that all the Jan Aushadhi Stores proposed to be opened will be linked through robust IT-application to monitor availability of drugs at stores.
Incentives for pulses production will help farmers and consumers both- Shri Ram Vilas Paswan
Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan has said that significant increase in budget allocation for price stabilization fund, from Rs. 500 crore to Rs. 900 crore, is a determined step to contain the prices of essential commodities, especially of pulses. He said also the transfer of the fund to Consumer Affairs Ministry shows that the Government is very sensitive to keep the prices of these commodities under check. Reacting to the budget proposals for 2016-17, here today, Shri Paswan said more incentives proposed for the production of pulses will help farmer and consumers both.
Shri Paswan said that massive budget increase in the farming sector and initiatives for integrated agriculture market should be welcomed by all. He appreciated Finance Minister for significant increase in allocation for women, children, SC/ST, and disabled. Outlining plans of ministry, Shri Paswan said that a time bound action plan to ensure “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance in various programmes has been prepared. By March 2017 “Point of sale devices” will be installed to automate three lakh ration shops in the country. In order to ensure transparency and reach to more farmers, procurement operations of FCI will be made online within this year.
‘Budget is Developmental and Transformational ’: Javadekar
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, has said that Union Budget 2016-17 is a developmental and transformational Budget. Making his comments soon after the Budget was presented in Parliament here today, Shri Javadekar said that the Budget is completely devoted to the upliftment of the poor, rural development, welfare of farmers and empowerment of the poor.
The following is the text of the Environment Minister’s comment on Union Budget 2016-17:
“This Budget is completely devoted to the upliftment of the poor, rural development, welfare of farmers and empowerment of the poor. The rural areas will be provided by 24x7 electricity, all weather roads and water. Every Gram Panchayat will get Rs.80 lakh for developmental work. It is affordable housing for the poor, rise of income, employment generation through MNREGA and other schemes and healthcare upto Rs. 1 lakh free of cost. This is a big gift for the poor. For the farmer, tackling the agricultural distress, doubling the farm income in five years, comprehensive insurance taking care of individual losses, dairy government is a rejuvenation package for agriculture.
For jawans, it is OROP and for ‘Naujawan (youth), it is employment and entrepreneurship incentivisation. We are investing Rs 2 lakh crore in infrastructure in roads, rail, ports and airports. This is a real developmental and transformational Budget, which reflects the ideology and commitment of the Prime Minister. Finance Minister deserves real credit for all the hard work to bring this transformational Budget.”