Ahead of polls, Gujarat govt. offers freebies in budget

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With an eye on Assembly polls to be held later this year, the Gujarat government on Tuesday presented a populist budget that attempts to cater to all sections including generous doze of subsidies for farmers, tablets to 3.5 lakh students and subsidized food to 50,000 construction workers.

Thrust on education Giving a thrust on education, Mr. Patel said Rs 200 crore has been allocated to provide tablet to around 3.5 lakh students who will pass class 12 board exam and will take admissions in college or polytechnics.

"Parents and guardians of 5.75 lakh girl students of primary schools in 14 tribal districts will be provided with grains under 'Anna Triveni' scheme and medical education for female students has been made completely free even in self financed colleges," Mr Patel said in his two-hour long budget speech.

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