Pujari presents Rs 1.39 lakh crore Odisha annual Budget for 2019-20

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari on Friday presented annual Budget for 2019-20 financial year in the state Assembly estimating a total expenditure of Rs 1.39 lakh crore.

Pujari also presented a Rs 20,714-crore Agriculture Budget for 2019-20 financial year.

“The budget focuses on boosting agriculture production and productivity, expanding irrigation, improving health care, education and skills for our people; investing in the youth; and providing safe drinking water, sanitation, better livelihood opportunities, social security, electricity and rural connectivity to our people,” said Pujari.

“Besides, Fani restoration and creation of disaster resilient physical assets would also be our priority,” he added.  

Rs 5611 crore has been allocated under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, which will benefit 75 lakh farmers.

The government has also proposed Rs 800 crore in the budget for interest subsidy/subvention on crop loan during 2019-20.

“Rs 540 crore allocated for completion of 20,000 deep bore wells; govt targeting 1000 community lift irrigation points at a cost of Rs 400 crore,” said the Finance Minister.

Rs 100 crore has been earmarked for Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System, Rs 1777 crore for Parbati Giri Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme and Rs 146 crore for Nabakrushna Choudhury Secha Unayana Yojana.

The budget has allocated Rs 2,442 crore for empowerment of women.

The annual assistance for women members has been raised from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY).

Rs 4,600 crore has been provided for disaster management including Rs 909 crore under State Disaster Response Fund and Rs 3,691 crore under National Disaster Response Fund.     

Transfers from state to local bodies and development authorities will have an outlay of Rs 6, 490 crore.

Total budgetary allocation for Health and Family Welfare department has been increased by 10 per cent to Rs 6,828 crore during 2019-20, the minister said.