Guwahati, Mar 12: Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma would present the state’s first e-Budget in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Sarma said, “The government will present the first e-Budget in the Assembly and each legislator will be provided with a tablet (computer) with details of the Budget.”
In a first for the state, the Budget would be available on Google playstore. Also, mediapersons covering the Budget will be given a pen drive containing its details. A hard copy of the Budget would be also made available. Reportedly, the finance department had called for suggestions from the public regarding the Budget provisions of which the best were sorted out for incorporation in this year’s Budget.
For the first time in the country, proceedings of the Budget would stream live on Twitter and Facebook. The Budget will have separate sections related to gender, child, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outcome budgeting. As per a report in Telegraph, the section on separate budgeting aims to ensure that the government allocates adequate funds for the welfare of women and children and achieves goals.
Earlier, Andhra Pradesh had also presented its e-Budget but had limited it to the legislators only, whereas Assam’s e-Budget has made it available on public platforms.