Himanta Biswa Sarma goes Live, presents Assam's first e-budget

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 15:46 hrs
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Guwahati: Assam budget is expected to be announced in a couple of hours. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state's Finance minister is expected to announce the budget in the state assembly.

This is expected to be a one-of its kind budget, which will involve digital tablets and pendrives.

The state will present a unique digital budget on Monday with tablets available in the Assembly for legislators. First time in India that a state government will draft the budget with citizens' participation while live streaming the session on Twitter and Facebook. According to several news reports, journalists covering the show will be offered the details of the budget in a pendrive.

"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," Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Previously, Andhra Pradesh had offered legislators access to tablets, to view the e-budget, but the budget was kept off public domain.

"We are going beyond that. For the first time in the country, the proceedings of the budget presentation will go live on Twitter and Facebook," Sarma said.

In another first, the budget will have separate chapters on gender, child, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outcome budgeting. A report in Telegraph stated that separate budgeting will ensure that the government allocates adequate funds for welfare of women and children, and achieves the goals.

The finance department had called for suggestions from the public regarding the Budget provisions, and more than one thousand people submitted their suggestions, the best of which have been sorted out for incorporation in this year's Budget, he added.

For all the digital development, Sarma shared that the conventional paper Budget would be available as well.

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