Odisha govt presents Rs 12,790 crore supplementary budget

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera on Wednesday presented a supplementary budget of Rs 12,790 crore for 2018-19 in the state Assembly.

The supplementary budget was tabled in the House amid ruckus by opposition Congress and BJP members over different issues. Later, Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the Assembly till Thursday.

Out of the total amount, provision of Rs 1800 crore has been made towards Administrative Expenditure, Rs 9611 crore for Programme Expenditure, Rs 1364 towards Disaster Response Funds and Rs 15 crore for Transfers from State Budget, said Behera.

The supplementary budget is in addition to the annual budget of Rs 1.20 lakh crore for the 2018-19 financial year.

“Keeping in view the needs and expectations of the people in a welfare state, the supplementary budget is aimed at fulfilling the requirement of funds for public welfare and developmental activities in the state mainly through reallocation of available resources and receipt of tied-up resources from various sources,” said the Finance Minister.

Keeping an eye on the general and assembly polls, the state government has allocated the highest allocation of Rs 3141.74 crore to Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department, Rs Rs 2269.55 crore to Rural Development department and Rs 1414.76 crore to Disaster Management department.