The State Government focused on rural development sector by making a provision of over 70 percent of the allocations made for different departments in the supplementary budget.
The supplementary budget of Rs 9828.57 crore placed in the Assembly on Thursday by Finance Minister Sashibhusan Behera includes programme expenditure of Rs 6812.76 crore and administrative expenditure of Rs 1791.65 crore. Besides, a provision of Rs 1142.38 crore has been made for the Disaster Response Fund.
The administrative expenditure includes Rs 1,400 crore towards fiscal incentive to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) in the form of interest-free loan for 2016-17 and 2017-18 as per the revised agreement signed by the State Government. Besides, Rs 96.18 crore has been provided towards salary for regularisation of Siksha Sahayaks while Rs 81.85 crore has been earmarked for clearance of water rate for water used from irrigation source for supply.
The Minister said Rs 31 crore has been allocated for pay revision of the contractual employees. Provision of Rs 81.79 crore has been made for transfers to local bodies in 2017-18 which includes Rs 80 crore for Housing and Urban Development Department towards assignment of two per cent stamp duty collection in urban areas to development activities.
Out of the programme expenditure provision of Rs 6812.76 crore, Rs 4890.36 crore has been provided for infrastructure and rural development which includes Rs 300 crore for installation of 33/11 sub-stations, Rs 187.98 crore towards equity investment in Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) for 3rd and 4th units, Rs 80 crore for the state capital region input of power system (SCRIPS) and Rs 50 crore smart grid.
Besides, an allocation of Rs 2273.04 crore has been made for PMAY-Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana while Rs 714.99 crore has been provided for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). A provision of Rs 197.93 crore has also been made for the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).
The Minister said Rs 258.77 crore has been provided for urban infrastructure development under ‘UNNATI’. Besides, a provision of Rs 111.19 crore has been made for urban water supply under ‘BASUDHA’ while Rs 109.1 crore has been provided for Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project.
Social sector allocations include Rs 151.78 crore for MAMATA scheme and Rs 62.09 crore for Madhubabu Pension Yojana to cover additional beneficiaries. In the supplementary budget, highest allocation of Rs 2493.84 crore has been made for Panchayatiraj Department.
Behera said, the supplementary budget is aimed at fulfilling the requirement of funds for public welfare and development activities in the State, mainly through reallocation of available resources and receipt of tied up resources from various sources. He said supplementary provision was necessitated for ongoing central sector and centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) and new CSS schemes launched by the Centre.
News Source : The New Indian Express