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The graphs compare Gujarat’s expenditure on four key sectors, as a proportion of its total budget, with 18 other states. The budget reveals the development strategy and, in this case, represents continuity, rather than change. Like many other states i Gujarat too has realised its capacity to absorb state funding in several sectors is low – it has been unable to utilise allocated funds and therefore sets its sight on utilisation rather than allocation.
Education: Gujarat has allocated 13.9 per cent on education in 2018-19. This is lower than the average expenditure allocated to education by 18 other states (using 2017-18 Budget Estimates or BE).
Health: It has allocated 4.5 per cent towards health, marginally lower than the average expenditure of 18 other states.
Agriculture: The state has earmarked 3.3 per cent of its total budget for agriculture and allied activities — lower than the average allocation in 18 other states (6.4 per cent).
Rural development: Gujarat has allocated 3 per cent of its expenditure on rural development, significantly lower than the average (5.6 per cent) of the 18 other states.