Rs 2.3 lakh crore annual Odisha budget for 2023-24

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari on Friday presented the state budget of Rs 2.3 lakh crore for 2023-24 fiscal, 15% higher than the budget of the current financial year 2022-23.

New initiatives

The Finance Minister announced several new initiatives under the budget.

An amount of Rs 2000 crore has been proposed for revolving fund for paddy procurement while Rs 750 crore will be spent under Mo Hospital.

Other new initiatives include Rs 139 crore for 139 Chief Minister’s Awards for Education, Rs 811 crore for Mukhyamantri Medhabi Chatra Protsahan, Rs 120 crore for Mukhyamantri Janajati Jeebika Mission, Rs 150 crore for Mukhyamantri Disaster Resilient Saline Embankment, Rs 100 crore for Location Accessible Multimodal Initiatives (LACCMI), Rs 150 crore for Ama Bus Stand, Rs 50 crore for Mukhyamantri Kendu Leaf Welfare Fund, Rs 100 crore for Promotion of Entrepreneurship for women SHGs.

Besides, Rs 126 crore has been proposed for Coffee Mission, Rs 250 crore for Chief Minister’s Energy Conservation Programme, Rs 1446 crore for Chief Minister’s Power Development Programme, Rs 100 crore for International Air Connectivity, Rs 50 crore for Odisha Renewable Energy Development Fund, Rs 210 crore for Mukhyamantri Maschya Jibi Kalyan Yojana, Rs 250 crore for Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana, Rs 250 crore for Building for Van Surakshya Samiti, Rs 100 crore for NUA Odisha (Nutana Unnata Abhilasha) and Rs 50 crore for Mission Shakti Scooter Yojana.

Department wise allocation

The Finance Minister proposed a total budget allocation of Rs 22,528 crore for School and Mass Education department

The state government has allocated Rs 16,048 crore for the health sector, 27 per cent more than the allocation in the last budget, said the Finance Minister.

The allocation for piped water scheme stands at 13,215 crore, which is 58 per cent more than the previous fiscal’s figure.

The government has allocated Rs 24,829 crore (21 per cent increase) for Agriculture and allied Sector, Rs 19,452 crore (34 pc hike) for roads, bridges, airports and railways sector, Rs 7,914 crore (9 pc hike) for urban development, Rs 6224 crore for Mission Shakti and women and child development, Rs 1,358 crore for industries and MSME sector and Rs 3,700 crore for disaster risk management, said the Finance Minister.

The Odisha government has proposed to spend Rs 30,030 crore for education and skill development, Rs 38,437 crore for SC/ST development, Rs 680 crore for tourism sector, Rs 1,217 crore (34 pc hike) for development of sports, Rs 8,130 crore for internal security and justice and Rs 7,300 crore for transfer to local bodies, he added.