Kerala Kaumudi Online
Thursday, 23 March 2023 10.50 AM IST

50 new airports, heliports, all-time high share announced for railways


NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the complete budget for the year 2023-24 in the Parliament. The budget presentation started at 11 am. This time too, it is a paper-less budget presentation. The minister is reading the budget in her tab. This is the last complete budget presentation of the second Modi government.

‘This is the first ‘Amrit Kaal’ budget. The results of growth will reach all sectors. The growth rate will reach seven percent. The economy is strong. This is a proud achievement despite the global crisis. The country's economy is on the right track. This budget will be the blueprint for the next 100 years of development. This time the budget is categorised into seven parts. This will lead the country like Saptarishi during Amrit Kaal,' the finance minister said.

Major announcements

1. Finance Minister clarified that Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will continue for one more year. All Antyodaya beneficiaries will benefit. The government will bear the cost of Rs 2 lakh crore
2. Enhancing opportunities for citizens – priority for youths, ensuring economic sustainability and economic growth and employment

3. 2,516 crore to digitalize 63,000 primary cooperative societies
4. 11.7 crore toilets constructed

5. 157 nursing colleges will be established
6. Horticulture package worth Rs 2200 crore
7. Agricultural loan 20 lakh crores
8. 2 lakh crore for food security
9. Sickle cell disease will be completely eradicated by 2027
10. 6000 crores for the development of fisheries sector
11. 50 new airports and heliports will come up
12. All-time highest allocation for railways 2.40 lakh crore

13. Schemes for tribal welfare

14. Digital library for children and teenagers

15. Capital investment will be increased to 10 lakh crores

16. 748 Ekalavya model schools in tribal area

17. 10000 crore for urban development

18. PAN baseline for digital transaction with Govt

19. The 50-year interest-free loan to state governments has been extended by one year

20. Make AI for India project for artificial intelligence. Three Centres for research

21. 2200 crores for Atmanirbhar Clean Plant Programme

22. 100 labs to make 5G service available

23. 75000 crore for transport sector

24. Zero carbon emissions by 2070

25. Mission Karmayogi to increase efficiency of government employees

26. Green Hydrogen Energy use by 2030. 35000 crore for this

27. PM Pranam Scheme for earth conservation

28. Mishti Scheme for Mangrove Conservation

29. Every city will have automatic sewer cleaning system

30. 'See Our Country' scheme for domestic tourism

31. Kaushal Vikas Yojana for vocational training

32. 9000 crores for credit guarantee scheme for small and medium enterprises

33. 5300 crore drought relief for Karnataka

34. Banking laws and regulations will be revised to secure deposits

35. Mahila Samman scheme for women

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