Tamil Nadu State Budget 2018 – 19 Full Highlights and Key Features:
Deputy Chief Minister of TamilNadu O. Panneerselvam, also handling finance portfolio, presented the State budget 2018-19 in the Assembly today.
DMK members led by Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin staged a walk out after being refused opportunity to speak; they boycotted the Budget speech.
Tamilnadu Budget 2018-19 Highlights:
Total revenue receipts, including Central transfers, are estimated at ₹1,76,251 crore during 2018-19.
The state’s own tax revenue is estimated to be ₹98,693 crore.
It is estimated to increase to ₹1,12,616 crore in the budget estimates for 2018-19.
The revenue expenditure during 2018-19 is estimated at ₹1,93,742 crore, which shows a growth of 11.22% over revised estimates 2017-18.
The revenue deficit is expected to be ₹17,491 crore and the fiscal deficit is estimated to be ₹44,481 crore in the budget estimates 2018-19.
The fiscal deficit to GSDP ratio is estimated at 2.79% as per the budget estimates 2018-19, which is well below the 3% fiscal norm.
During the period from July 2017 and February 2018, the State has received ₹632 crore as GST compensation from the government of India, Mr. Panneerselvam informs Assembly.
A sum of ₹786 crore has been provided for State Disaster Response Fund for 2018-19.
A comprehensive flood management plan for North Chennai and South Chennai has been prepared at an estimate of ₹2,055 crore and submitted to Centre for support.
The subsidy earmarked for 2018-19 budget estimates is ₹75,722.76 crore, whereas the revised estimate for 2017-18 is ₹70,662.74 crore.
The economy is slowly picking up which is evident from the increase in GSDP growth rate in real terms, from 4.85% in 2012-13 to 8.03% in 2017-18 despite the temporary setbacks in between.
The trends in expenditure are steady except for the hike in salaries and pensions due to the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.