Budget of Himachal Pradesh presented, announcement of imposition of cow cess on sale of liquor


Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Friday offered an outlay price range of Rs 53,413 crore for the monetary yr 2023-24 within the Vidhansabha. This consists of girls pension, incentives for electrical automobiles, cow cess on liquor and lots of different initiatives aimed toward making Himachal a inexperienced state by 2026.

On this first price range of the Congress-led authorities of the state, a primary of its sort cow cess has been introduced which will probably be Rs 10 on the sale of each bottle of liquor. Sukhu stated that a further income of Rs 100 crore can be generated yearly from this cess.
The Chief Minister stated that the federal government goals to make Himachal a inexperienced state by 2026 by adopting electrical automobiles and curbing air pollution, selling hydropower and photo voltaic power.

He stated that the state can be made an excellent place for adopting electrical automobiles. Aside from this, 1,500 diesel-run buses of the Himachal Highway Transport Company will probably be changed by electrical buses in a phased method, which is able to value Rs 1,000 crore. 50 % subsidy will probably be given to the youth for organising charging factors. Aside from this, 40 % subsidy will probably be given for organising small hydroelectric initiatives starting from 200 kilowatts to 2 megawatts.

Sukhu additionally introduced a subsidy of Rs 25,000 for the acquisition of electrical scooties for 20,000 women finding out in authorities colleges within the state. He stated that at the least two panchayats in each district can be transformed into inexperienced panchayats. The Chief Minister stated that his authorities has come to work for the welfare of the individuals and on this sequence the outdated pension scheme has been restored which is able to profit 1.36 lakh staff. Sukhu stated that his authorities would fulfill all the guarantees made to the general public in a phased method. Within the first part, 2,31,000 girls will probably be given Rs 1,500 monthly as promised.

Social safety pension for disabled and widowed girls and Sukhashraya scheme for orphans have been began. Aside from this, a housing scheme will even be began for single girls, during which there will probably be a provision of subsidy as much as 40 %. To advertise tourism within the state, it was additionally introduced to develop Kangra district as tourism capital and to attach all 12 districts with heliport facility throughout subsequent one yr.

Nonetheless, the state’s GDP progress has come down to six.4 per cent throughout 2022-23 from 7.6 per cent throughout 2021-22. The state has an enormous debt and different liabilities of Rs 75,000 crore as a consequence of arrears of revised pay scales and fee of dearness allowance of Rs 11,000 crore. Supplementary Calls for for Grants of Rs 13,141 crore for 2022-23 had been handed by the Home on March 15.

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