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Odisha State Plan Spending Goes up

Published: 10th February 2016 07:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2016 07:08 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR:  The expenditure in priority sectors of  State Plan in 2015-16 uptoJanuary has crossed 60 per  cent, recording an overall growth of around 29.78 per cent over the last fiscal. The State plan expenditure  in agriculture and allied sectors till end of January of the current fiscal is to the tune of Rs 5,850 crore which is around  61 per cent of the budget estimate. The expenditure in this  sector is 4.49 per cent more than that of the last financial year.

Infrastructure spending during the same period has been Rs 7,749 crore which is 61 per cent of the budget. The  last year expenditure in this sector was around 51.28 per cent by this time. The spending in social sector has been Rs 13  186 crore which is 62 per cent of the budget. The last year expenditure in this sector up to January was  around 55 per cent of the budget estimate. The revenue collection from own tax sources in the period under review has increased by 22 per cent to Rs 17,081 crore. Similarly, the revenue from  non-tax sources has touched Rs 6  046 crore which is around8 per cent more than last financial year.

The overall revenue collection has also shown a growth of around 21 per cent by the end of January.  The progress in expenditure and revenue collection was  reviewed by Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi at the All Secretary meeting in the Secretariat on Tuesday. Additional Chief Secretary, Finance R  Balakrishnan presented the revenue updates for discussion.  The Chief Secretary advised all the Secretaries to keep up the pace of expenditure  and avoid the rush of spending in the month of March.  The departments  were advised  to focus on collection of arrear revenue through one time settlement instead of spending time in litigations. Padhi advised all the Secretaries to take up district visit programme regularly as it improves  the quality of service delivery and also gives inputs for policy making.

Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Krishan Kumar made  a presentation on Smart City projects. While congratulating BMC for achieving top position among the cities in Smart City race, the Chief  Secretary said this opportunity has come with challenges. As expectations from people and  investors have increased, BMC must gear up service delivery mechanism to match expectations and harness opportunities. It has  been decided to set up a separate drainage division in BMC for bringing  management of all drains under one system. Various components of Smart City including  traffic management, rapid mass transit system, parking management, emergency response and disaster mitigation  were discussed.



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