Assam: Himanta Biswa Sarma tables State Budget, makes major announcements


GUWAHATI: Finance minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma tabled Assam Budget for the 2020-21 financial year today at Assam Legislative Assembly. Donned in traditional Assamese attire (Dhuti, seleng, kurda, chador) he presented his fifth and final budget as the finance minister of Sarbananda Sonowal-led government.

Sarma made many major announcements in his budget speech which will cover every section of the society. 

The key points from his speech are:

  • Responsible financial management.
  • Development of public infrastructure.
  • With onus on the welfare of women, unemployed youth and farmers the budget aims to cover every section of the society in the path towards development.
  • Government to develop the index of health sector.
  • Effort to rural and urban development.
  • Cultural and social development of the tribes of the state.
  • Focus on sustainable development.
  • Growth rate from 2016-17 to 2019-20 is 12.38%.
  • Spent 67 percent of public expenditure in last financial year which is the highest in the financial history of Assam.
  • Government to digitally archive all the budgets since state budget of 1937 presented by Syed Muhammed Saadulah.