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Odisha Budget utilisation goes up to more than Rs 16,000 crore

Bhubaneswar, Sep, 14: State budget utilisation during the current financial year has gone up to around Rs 16,202 crore by end of August, 2016 compared to the expenditure of Rs 12,589 crore during the same period of last fiscal year.

This was revealed at the all Secretaries’ meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday.

Available data shows, the State plan expenditure during 2016-17 up to August, 2016 has been around Rs16,202 crore which is 35% of the budget estimate against the expenditure of around 31% during the same period of 2015-16. The budget utilisation in agriculture and allied sectors has been around Rs 4,154 crore up to August, 2016 which is more than 37% of the budget estimate of the current year against the total spending of around 29% during the same period of 2015-16.

Similarly, the utilisation in infrastructure sector has gone up to around 44% against the spending of 39% during last financial year. In real terms, the expenditure in this sector has been around Rs. 4945 crore. The social sector spending also followed the same pattern of with utilization of around Rs 6433 crore. i.e. around 32% of the budget estimate. The Revenue collection from both the own tax and non-tax sources has been to the tune of around Rs.10622 crore. 

Reviewing the progress in various sectors, Chief Secretary directed to augment the revenue collection through one time settlements of old pending cases for supporting higher expenditure in infrastructure and agricultural sectors and also directed to focus on mapping of the requirements for connecting the unconnected villages and habitations in priority. 

The meeting deliberated on various aspects of the identification of unconnected villages and habitations.

It was decided to follow both the methods of space technology with GIS mapping and ground level survey for the purpose.  A committee was formed under the chairmanship of Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan with Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of the departments of Rural Development, Forest and Environment, ST and SC Development, Chief Executive Officer, Odisha Space Application Center to have close monitoring of the progress.

Development Commissioner Sri Balakrishnan said that the district level committees under the respective Collectors would look into the ground truthing of the data availed through remote sensing and would determine the nature of the gap in connectivity.

The Chief Secretary directed to focus on road connectivity in the first phase and complete the identification of the unconnected villages within two to three months. 

Disposal of the applications received through e-abhijog online system also figured in the meeting. General Administration Department Special Secretary Ashok Kumar Meena apprised that so far a total number of 34,613 grievances have been received through various departments out of which more than 60 per cent have been disposed and relief has been provided. The balance applications are at various levels of examination. Considering the inputs given by various departments, Padhi directed to revive and customize the system for reflecting the receipt and disposal position on a real time basis. 

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