Bhubaneswar: Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented Rs 1.50 lakh crore annual budget for 2020-21 in Odisha Assembly on Tuesday.
Pujari also presented a separate agriculture budget of Rs 19,408 crore.
This is for the first time that Odisha switched to a digital method to reduce the printing of documents for the budget.
Over 700 big trees were saved in the State’s bid to present a paperless budget. Pujari claimed that the overall cost for the printing of budget documents has reduced significantly.
Odisha’s economy is consistently growing at a higher rate compared to the national growth. During the last 7 years, the average growth of Odisha has remained about 8% compared to national average of about 6.9%, said the Finance Minister.
Highlights of Odisha Budget for 2020-21
- A record Rs 150 crore is proposed for agricultural research, education & infrastructure, which is five times more than last year’s allocation.
- Rs 3,195 cr allocated for KALIA Yojana
- Rs 705 cr for interest-free agriculture loan to farmers under KALIA Yojana
- Rs 1,108 crore allocated for Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana
- Rs 400 crore allocated for Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya programme
- Govt allocates Rs 40 cr for Mo School programme and Rs 10 crore for Mo College programme
- Govt allocates Rs 1060 cr for flood control & floodwater discharge
- Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Seva Mission for building health care infrastructure & services. Rs 578 crore allocated in the budget
- New scheme Odisha Cardiac Care (OCC) programme announced in the state budget
- Rs 3,962 crore allocated for PMAY and Biju Pakka Ghar Yojana
- MLA local area development fund in Odisha has been increased three-fold to Rs 3 crore
- Odisha budgets Rs 562 crore for Medical colleges
- Rs 3208 crore proposed in Odisha Budget 2020 for Abadha Yojana for development of Puri
- Rs 1000 crore proposed for development of Cuttack SCB hospital into AIIMS Plus integrated medical institution with 3000 beds
- Govt allocates Rs. 200 crore of Smart City Mission
- Odisha allocates Rs 33 crore for establishment of 24 fast track courts & for 21 temporary fast track courts
Committed to ensure Universal Health Care, Odisha Budget 2020 has doubled the allocation for health sector to Rs 7,700 crore. A new scheme – Odisha Cardiac Care Programme – has been proposed to be launched to expand the service in the State.