Odisha approves Rs 12,768 cr supplementary budget

Bhubaneswar: The State government on Thursday approved a supplementary budget of Rs 12,768 crore which will be presented during the upcoming session of the Odisha Assembly beginning September 4.

The budget was approved during a meeting of the Council of Ministers headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.

Provisions for different centrally sponsored schemes, central sector schemes, State government’s own programmes and the newly announced schemes have been included in the budget, informed Finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera.

The extra budget will also include provisions for newly announced schemes like Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and  Odisha Food Security Scheme.

With the size of the general budget, the amount of the supplementary budget is also getting bigger, said sources.

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Earlier in March this year, the state government had presented  a budget of Rs 1,20,028 crore for 2018-19 fiscal besides a separate agriculture budget of  Rs 16,765 crore. The budget was about 12.3 percent more than the annual budget of 2017-18 and programme expenditure of Rs 62,000 crore was more than half the total budget size.

It is to be noted that this would be the last budget before the state goes to polls for both Assembly and Lok Sabha seats next year.

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