Haryana Finance Minister Abhimanyu today listed several new initiatives, including cashless medical services for government employees and asset management cell for government properties in the state budget, which was presented here today.
The minister also talked about the implementation of the state government's Vision 2030 document, based on sustainable development goals and also stated that he tried to align the state budget 2018-19 with the SDG.
Abhimanyu said that the outlay for cooperation department was proposed at Rs 824 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 647 crore during current fiscal.
Likewise, for Sports and Youth Welfare, the outlay has been proposed to be hiked to Rs 423 crore for 2018-19 as against Rs 347 crore during 2017-18, he said.
Both these departments did not find mention in the finance minister's budget document.
"...I am mentioning both these departments as they did not find mention in the speech," he later said.
During his budget speech, the finance minister said, "Out of the total budget of Rs 1.15 lakh crore, an amount of Rs 44,911.16 crore has been allocated to schemes which lead to the attainment of 15 SDGs in due course of time, in the state."
"The government has launched a limited cashless medical services scheme for government employees and pensioners on November 30, 2017. The scheme is currently applicable for six life threatening conditions, namely cardiac emergencies, accidents, 3rd and 4th stage cancer, coma, brain hemorrhage and electrocution," said the minister in his speech.
An Asset Management Cell has been created to identify government land or properties both within and outside the state, he said, adding that 24,109 government properties were identified so far.
"I propose to raise Rs 1,000 crore from monetisation of these properties in 2018-19," he said.
Noting that the state government made considerable progress in treasury management, he proposed major change to promote financial discipline by allowing departments and public sector undertakings, including autonomous bodies, to operate only one or two major bank accounts with effect from April 2018.
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