BHUBANESWAR: With panchayat polls only two and half months away, Finance minister Pradip Amat today presented the supplementary budget of Rs 6014.05 crore in the assembly with emphasis on
rural development and infrastructure sectors.
While an allocation of RS 1292.27 crore has been made for the rural development department, energy department comes second with a provision of Rs 826.44 crore. While Rs 886.6 crore has been provided for Swachha Bharat Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has also received an allocation of Rs 498.09 crore.
Infrastructure development departments including water resources and works have been given priority with an allocation of Rs 724.62 crore and Rs 424.51 crore in the supplementary budget.
Besides, social sector departments like health and family welfare and Panchayati Raj departments have got provision of Rs 464.94 crore and Rs 542.94 crore respectively.
The finance minister said out of the Rs 795.97 crore provision for the non-plan sector, Rs 85 crore has been earmarked for enhanced scholarship for scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students while Rs 35.74 crore has been provided for additional beneficiaries under the Madhubabu Pension Yojana.
Besides, a provision of Rs 5 crore has been made for the state treatment fund while Rs 33.16 crore has been provided for Rs 1 a kg rice scheme. The minister said Rs 132.14 crore has been allocated to pay back advance taken from the Odisha contingency fund while Rs 125.61 crore has been provided for payment salary on revised scale of pay for January and February, 2017. He said that the remaining Rs 379.32 crore has been alloted for different work in the non-plan sector.
Out of the Rs 5150.94 crore allocated for state plan, Rs 2875.04 crore has been provided for infrastructure development which includes Rs 419.65 crore for state highway development project, implementation of Biju Expressway and construction of urban roads.
Besides, Rs 300 crore has been alloted for construction 33/11 KV power sub-stations, Rs 247.35 crore for deposit of share price of 3rd and 4th units of Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC).
Amat said in the rural development sector Rs 200 crore has been provided for Biju Setu Yojana, Rs 40 crore for Mukhyamantri Sadak Yojana, Rs 150 crore for rural water supply and Rs 438.4 crore
for Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).
The minister said in the water resources sector, provision of Rs 210 crore has been earmarked for construction of check dams while Rs 250 crore has been provided for major irrigation projects and
Rs 35 crore for renovation of lift irrigation projects.
Out of the Rs 147 crore earmarked for urban development, Rs 50 crore each have been provided for drinking water supply and sanitation. Under the central schemes, the minister said, Rs 62.31
crore has been provided for crime and crime tracking network and systems (CCTNS) and Rs 10.6 crore has been allocated for Nirbhaya scheme for payment of compensation.
The minister said funds for the supplementary budget will be raised tied and untied resources of Rs 1718.39 crore and Rs 162 crore respectively, Rs 1746.12 crore from allocations surrendered by
different departments and Rs 2387.54 crore from savings.