Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukh presented the first annual budget of his tenure for the financial year 2023-24 in the state assembly on Friday.
The Chief Minister has announced that Himachal Pradesh will be a model state for adoption of electric vehicles in the state’s public transport.
1,500 diesel buses will be replaced at Rs 1,000, he said.
For tourism development, Sukhwinder Singh Sihu said that Kangra district will be developed as a tourist capital and all 12 districts will be connected with helipad facility in next one year.
The state’s GDP growth has slowed down to 6.4 percent in 2022-23 as compared to 7.6 percent growth in 2021-22.
“We have come to work for the benefit of the people and we have restored the old pension system that used about 1.36 government employees,” he said.
The state faces a huge debt of Rs 75,000 crore and other liabilities on account of payment of arrears of revised pay scales and DA of Rs 11,000 crore.
Additional demands of Rs 13,141 crore for grants for 2022-23 were passed by the house on March 15.
The Prime Minister said that his government will fulfill all the promises made to the people during the elections in a step-by-step manner.
In the first phase, 2,31,000 women will get Rs 1,500 per month as promised, he said, adding that the payment would bring in Rs 416 crore to the exchequer annually.
The Chief Minister also announced measures to improve the health sector in the country.
Trauma department in all medical colleges will be upgraded to emergency department and all five medical colleges will have robotic technology, he said.
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