West Bengal Budget: social security schemes for farmers, labourers & unemployed

State finance minister Amit Mitra on Monday announced a new social scheme for unemployed youths of West Bengal at the State Budget 2020. The scheme, called Karmasathi, will provide jobs to one lakh youth every year. They will also get loans of up to Rs. 2 lakh for setting up start-up businesses, he said.
The state Budget also exempted those living below the poverty line (BPL) from paying electricity bills whose three-months power consumption do not exceed 75 units. Around 35 lakh families will be benefitted by it, Mitra said.
The state government will pay the entire amount for provident fund for labourers from unorganised sectors. Around 1.5 crore families will be benefitted by it.
Mitra said that the government will build state-funded houses for tea-garden labourers. The tea plantations have also been totally exempted from paying taxes. Those from scheduled castes who are above 60 years and do not receive any pension currently, will get Rs. 1,000 as a monthly pension. A proposal was also made in the Budget which calls for a hundred per cent income tax exemption in the agricultural sector.
Mitra also announced that if a person pays all the pending fines under the Motor Vehicles Act by March 31, 2020, then 50 per cent of the amount payable will be exempted.
A number of fast track courts have been proposed where the proceedings will be completed within 90 days. Three training centres for civil services examination will come up in Kolkata, Siliguri and Durgapur, he said.
Three new universities will be built in the next two years, the minister said.
The state will set up 100 more clusters of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the next three years, which will open up opportunities of employment, Mitra said.

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