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

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Assam government in the state budget 2018-19 presented on Monday announced ex-gratia to next of kin of who lost their lives during the Bodoland agitation. The government has allotted Rs 980 crore for improving the infrastructure of schools that still lack basic facilities such as separate classrooms and electricity, Sarma announced.

"For citizens who are on the move and may not have the time to watch the live-stream on TV or social media, the budget will be available on the Google app", Sarma was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Finance Minister of the state, speaking to PTI stated that the legislators will be able to access the tablet provided to them during the discussions and proceedings and will also be able to cut motion on the Budget inside the House.

All the legislators in the Assembly have been provided with a touch-screen tablet each with details of the budget as Assam became the third state after Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in the country to present the state budget in the digital format.

In relief to small tea growers, the budget proposes to exempt specified land cess on green tea leaves.

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For the first time in Assam, the state budget was presented in the electronic format.

In order to further promote digital literacy and usage, each line Sardar (head) in the tea garden will be provided with a smart phone of around Rs. 3,000. A budget provision of Rs. 7 crore has been made for this.

Girls and women between 12 to 20 years old, whose family income is below Rs 5 lakh, can avail of an annual stipend of Rs 600 to buy sanitary napkins, the finance minister said. The registration will be through Block Development Offices.

The government will also strengthen the infrastructure of six government medical colleges and 11 district hospitals by next year to help them provide "varying degrees of cancer care". This amount will encourage the use of good quality hygienic products.

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