Madhya Pradesh Budget 2024-25 Presented Amid Opposition Chaos


Madhya Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Jagdish Devda presented the state budget for the financial year 2024-25 amidst continuous uproar from the opposition Congress over an alleged nursing college scam. Despite the noise, Devda delivered the budget, amounting to ₹3,65,000 crore, reflecting a 16% increase from the previous year.

Key highlights of the budget include:

  • Women and Child Development: Allocation of ₹26,560 crore, an 81% increase from the previous budget.
  • Health Sector: ₹21,444 crore allocated.
  • Medical Universities: Three new universities to be set up in Neemuch, Mandsore, and Siwani districts, with plans for eight more in the next two years.
  • Health Infrastructure and Equipment: ₹10,279 crore provision.
  • CM-Gram Sadak Yojana: Connection of 8,565 villages through all-weather roads covering 19,378 km.
  • Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana: Target of 1,000 km of new roads and 2,000 km of road renovations in FY 2024-25.
  • Roadways: ₹10,000 crore allocation.
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana: ₹520 crore provision.
  • Chief Minister Teerth Darshan Scheme: ₹50 crore provision.
  • Forest and Environment: ₹4,725 crore allocation.
  • Online Provident Fund Payment: Immediate payment after retirement for government employees.
  • Cooperative Milk Producers Promotion Scheme: ₹150 crore allocation.
  • Ken-Betwa Link Project: ₹44,605 crore estimated cost, benefiting 1,900 villages in 10 districts.
  • Education: ₹22,600 crore allocation.
  • Sports and Youth Welfare: ₹586 crore allocation.
  • Gaushalas: ₹250 crore provision.
  • Culture Department: ₹1,081 crore provision.
  • Tourist Facilities: ₹666 crore provision.
  • Irrigation Projects: ₹13,596 crore for construction and maintenance.
  • Scheduled Tribes Sub-Plan: ₹40,804 crore to integrate Scheduled Tribes into mainstream society.
  • Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan: ₹27,900 crore for the Scheduled Caste category.
  • Welfare of Backward Classes and Minorities: ₹1,704 crore provision.
  • Panchayat and Rural Development: ₹27,870 crore provision.
  • Industry Sector: ₹4,190 crore allocation, a 40% increase from the previous year.
  • Public Welfare Schemes: ₹4,421 crore provision for various pension and welfare schemes.
  • Urban Development: ₹16,744 crore allocation, ₹1,836 crore more than the previous budget.

The budget emphasizes infrastructure development, healthcare, education, and welfare schemes, aiming to boost overall growth and improve living standards in Madhya Pradesh.

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