With an eye on the Polls, Odisha Govt increases its annual Budget size to Rs.1.32 lakh Crore, raises allocation for welfare schemes

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government yesterday presented the first Supplementary Budget of Rs.12,790 Crore in the  Odisha Legislative Assembly here. State Finance Minister Sashi Bhushan Behera presented the budget amid stiff agitation from the opposition.

With this supplementary budget, the State Budget size for 2018-19  has increased to Rs 1,32,818 crore, which is highest ever. Earlier in February, Mr.Behera had presented Rs 1, 20,028 crore Annual Budget for 2018-19 and even after five months, he opted for a Supplementary Budget.

Later briefing Media, Minister Mr.Behera in presence of ACS Finance, T K Pandey said that out of the total Rs 12,790 crore, provision of Rs 1800 crore has been made towards administrative expenditure, Rs 9,611 crore for programme expenditure, Rs 1,364 crore towards disaster response funds and Rs 15 crore for transfers from State Budget.

He justified an early Supplementary Budget provision as it was made keeping in view the requirements for post-budget decisions relating to new schemes, additional funding for on-going Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored Schemes and new CSS Programs launched by the Union Government.

Central Sharing Pattern in various CSS have been drastically changed and for it State Government is making provisions, admit officials. Minister said Budgetary Provision of Rs 750 crore for salary towards regularization of Sikshya Sahayaks, Rs 350 crore for loan repayment and Rs 41 crore for the simultaneous poll. While Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water received the highest allocation of Rs 3141.74 crore, Rural Development has been allocated Rs 2269.55 crore.

For Disaster Management Rs 1414.76 crore will be made available and Rs 1210.12 crore has been allocated for School and Mass Education. Acs Finance Mr.Pandey said out of the Program Spending Provision of Rs 9,611 crore, Rs 6,097 crore has been allocated for infrastructure and rural development sector. He said that a provision of Rs 400 crore is made under BASUDHA scheme to provide drinking water, Rs 1500 crore for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana(BPGY), Rs 2,065 crore for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana(PMGSY), Rs 1,000 crore for Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM) and Rs 211 crore for National Livelihood Mission.

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