Government of IndiaMinistry of Finance Budget 97-98




Budget At A Glance

Highlights of Central Plan 1997-98

RURAL DEVELOPMENT
(I) RURAL EMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY 		
    ALLEVIATION (Rs. 6805.70 Crores)
		1. 	Jawahar Rozgar Yojana ( Rs.2077.70 crore).
-	About 520	million mandays will  be generated in 1997-98.

-	65	per cent of the fund to be released to Gram Panchayats.
		2. 	Employment Assurance Scheme (Rs. 1970 crore ).
-	1970	crore rupees for providing  assured unskilled wage employment of 100 days to those seeking such employment in the lean agricultural season in all the rural blocks in the country.	
		3. 	Indira Awas Yojana (Rs.1190 crores)
-	About 7	lakh houses to be built for the rural poor under Indira Awas Yojana.
		4. 	Millions Wells Scheme
-	448	crores provided for Million Wells Scheme.

		5. Integrated Rural Development Programme including  Rural  Artisans ( Rs.611.00 crore)
-	12,000	Rupees per family investment and a credit mobilisation of Rs.2142 crores is targeted.
		6. 	Ganga Kalyan Yojana (Rs.200.00 crores)
-	200	crore rupees provided for Ganga Kalyan Yojana.

(II) RURAL DEVELOPMENT (Rs.2195.00 crores)
		1. 	Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme  (Rs.1302 crore)
-	90000 	habitations will be provided safe drinking water  by March 1998.
		2. 	National Social Assistance Programme (Rs.700 crores)
-	49.52	lakhs old persons to be covered by National Old Age Pension Scheme.
-	3.19	lakhs household of deceased to be benefited under National Family Benefit Scheme.
-	29.15 	lakhs expectant mothers to be benefited under National Maternity Benefit Scheme.	
		3. 	Rural sanitation (Rs.100.00 crores)
-	10	lakhs sanitary toilets to be provided to individual household below poverty line.	

AGRICULTURE
-	33375	crore of rupees are expected to flow to  agriculture sector through all credit institutions.
-	23500 	hectares to be brought under drip irrigation.
-	40000	hectares to be brought under intensive fish culture and 40,000 fish farmers to be trained under the programme development of fresh water acquaculture.
-	16560 	farmers  and 2760 agriculture extension officers/subject matter specialists to be trained to promote integrated Pest Management.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND DAIRYING
-	72.20	million tonnes of milk production targeted.


COAL AND LIGNITE   
-	291.50	 million tonnes of raw coal production targeted.
-	16.50	 million tonnes of lignite production targeted.



EDUCATION   		
-	200 	crore rupees provided for schemes to be launched on the occasion of the Golden Jublee of India's Independence.
-	960	crore rupees provided for Nutritional support to Primary Education.
-	651.31	crore rupees provided for District Primary Education Project.

FERTILISERS   
-	96.10 	lakh tonnes of Nitrogenous fertiliser production targeted.
-	28.80	lakh tonnes of Phosphatic fertiliser production targeted.

HEALTH
-	200	crore of rupees for National Malaria Eradication Programme  including Kala-azar.
-	75	crore of rupees provided for Leprosy Eradication Programme.
-	100	crore of rupees for AIDS Control Programme, with special thrust on blood safety measures and control of sexually transmitted 	diseases.
-	90	crore of rupees for Tuberclosis Control Programme.

KHADI & VILLAGE INDUSTRIES
-	1000 	crore of rupees credit availability to production units.

NON-CONVENTIONAL ENERGY SOURCES
		To instal
-	180000	bio-gas plants and 30 lakh improved chulhas.
-	25000	solar photovoltaic (SPV) domestic lights; 60000 solar lanterns; and 1000 solar photovoltaic pumps.
-	35000	solar cookers to be deployed.
-	415	MW of power from renewable energy to be made available, including 350 MW of Wind Power, 20 MW of small hydro power and 45 MW of power from Biomass combustion/ gasification/cogeneration. 

PETROLEUM & NATURAL GAS
-	34.37 	million tonnes of crude oil production targeted.
-	24552.25 	MMCM natural gas production targeted.

POSTS
-	4000	Extra Departmental Branch Post  Offices to be provided with infrastructural equipments.
-	100	Head Post offices'  Savings Bank Control Organisation to be computerised.
-	500	Extra Departmental Branch Post Offices to be opened.

POWER
-	3005	MW addition to installed capacity.
-	424.50	billion units generation targeted.

SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIES
-	100 	dedicated branches of banks for better credit flow.
-	145	crore of rupees for Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana, to assist 2.20 lakh educated unemployed youth.
-	140	crore of rupees for Rural Employment Generation Programme.

SURFACE TRANSPORT
-	500	crores of rupees provided for  the National Highway Authority of India.

STEEL
-	15.63	million tonnes of saleable steel targeted.


TELECOMMUNICATIONS
		To instal
-	29	lakh direct exchange lines.
-	36	lakh lines of switching capacity.
-	3.25	lakh lines of trunk automatic exchange capacity.
-	0.83	lakh public phones.

RAILWAYS   
-	26000	wagons, 1790 coaches, 328 locomotives and 240 EMUs to be  added.
-	2770	track kilometres renewal.
-	500 	route kilometres of electrification.
-	850	Routes kilometres of gauge conversion.
-	5	Rail buses to be provided this year.

WASTELAND DEVELOPMENT		
-	127000	hectares area to be developed under Integrated Wasteland Development Project Scheme.

WELFARE OF WEAKER SECTIONS
-	250	crore rupees provided for opening Kasturba Gandhi SwatantrataVidyalas for girls in selected districts,including tribal areas  across the country where female literacy rate is low.
-	65	crore of rupees provided for Post Matric Scholarships by which about 22.45 lakhs  students likely to be benefited during 1997-98.
-	326.60	crore rupees provided towards Special Central Assistance for Special Component Plan by which about 30 lakh Scheduled Castes families likely to be benefited during 1997-98.  
-	96	crore rupees provided for National Scheduled Caste/Tribes Finance and Development Corporation by which about    30,000 S.C./S.T. people likely to be benefited during the year 1997-98.   

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