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    Live Updates: Assam Budget 2020-21

    Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on March 6th, 2020 presented the last full-fledged budget before the term of the government expires in 2021.

    Like the previous year, the minister presented the budget in digital format.

    Taking to Twitter, the minister said, “All these years your unwavering support and affection have strengthened me. In our last four Budgets of Assam Government, we’ve always addressed the aspirations of all class, and especially the underserved and underprivileged. Assam Budget 2020 shall be no different.”

    The minister said that the budget will be a boon for 30 to 40 lakh families and it will include such schemes that will take the State into a new path of progress. He also stated that the budget will touch children, women, physically and mentally challenged ones, senior citizens and all other people.

    Live Updates

    05:04 pm: Government to provide free sanitary napkins to girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. Each girl will be provided with 18 beltless sanitary napkins per month.

    04:05 pm: Aidon Handique Samman Asoni– a new scheme under Comprehensive Social Security Schemes introduced to provide a universal allowance of Rs.250 per month to each unmarried/ divorced/ separated single woman in the State above the age of 40 years

    03:48 pm: Sati Sadhani State University in Golaghat; Medical Colleges in Sonari, Biswanth Charilai and Goalpara; Ayurvedic College in Goalpara; Law College in Kaliabor; Engineering College in Mangaldai; Foreign Language Training Institute at Gauhati University will be constructed

    03:41 pm: The government has decided to offer the DSP post to athlete Hima Das: Himanta Biswa Sarma

    03:36 pm: The financial assistance under ‘Arundhati’ will be enhanced to Rs 40,000. A sum of Rs 150 Crore has been allocated for this scheme in Budget 2020-21.

    03:25 pm: We will release the third tranche of Rs. 3000 to 7,21,485 bank accounts to strengthen our efforts to enhance financial inclusion in the Tea Garden areas. Rs. 220 Crore in the Budget 2020-21 is allocated for the Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar: Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar was launched in 2018. It was an attempt to address the issues of ‘weekly cash cycle’ that the Tea Garden workers are trapped.

    03:22 pm: A sum of Rs 1000 Crore will be allocated for ‘Swami Vivekananda Youth Empowerment Yojana’ which will enable our youth to get actively engaged in various economic activities without leaving their native places.

    03:17 pm: Government to provide free electricity to all households whose monthly electricity consumption is up to 30 units, considered sufficient to support basic electricity consumption needs of a household, like light bulbs etc

    02:48 pm: Government to provide free rice to all the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act which will immediately benefit an additional 53 Lakh families.

    02:44 pm: A total of 18 flagship schemes have been introduced in the Budget. “The 18 Flagship Schemes which are better known as the “Ashtadash Mukutor Unnoyonee Maala” have laid the foundation for not just growth and development but also equity and justice for the people of Assam since 2016”, Himanta said.

    Also read: Assam Budget 2020-21: Govt Introduces 18 Flagship Schemes

    02:38 pm: Opposition Congress left the Budget Session of the Assam Assembly

    02:31 pm: Uproar created in the Assembly over leakage of the Budget before introducing

    02:23 pm: Assam Budget 2020 will reflect all-inclusive developmental policies of our Govt: CM Sarbananda Sonowal

    02:19 pm: Govt’s Primary Goal Is To Ensure Development: Himanta (Read More)

    02:18 pm: We embraced words of Swami Vivekananda “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success!” : Himanta

    02:00 pm: Assam Budget 2020-21 has been presented in the Asssembly by the Finance Minister

    01.59 pm: Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is ready to table the Budget 2020-21.

    “I stand before this August House today to present my fifth and final budget as Finance Minister of this Government led by Hon CM Sri @sarbanandsonwal. I am first full-time Finance Minister of Assam, after its bifurcation in 1972, to present the Budget for five consecutive years (sic),” Sarma tweeted.

    12:53 pm: Assam, 1st to publish an e-Budget in 2018-19, now pushes boundaries even further by introducing QR Code feature in Budget Speech.

    12:21 pm: State Cabinet will discuss state budget at 1 pm only and taxation proposals will be decided only in that meeting. Request everyone to avoid speculation: Himanta Biswa Sarma

    12:20 pm: Rupjyoti Kurmi, Congress MLA from Mariani: BJP cannot come back in 2021 Assembly elections despite introducing new schemes in the Budget

    11.36 am: Sherman Ali, Congress MLA from Baghbar constituency: The Finance Minister should not waste the time of the Assembly in reading the budget as everybody has got its copy.

    11:17 am: The copy of the budget has been reportedly leaked. However, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary denied the allegation.

    8:00 am: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will present the state budget in the Assembly at 2 pm today.

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