Finance dept seeks public opinion on budget preparation

Bhubaneswar: In the first initiative of its kind in the history of Odisha, the State Finance department has decided to seek public opinion before preparing the Budget for the ensuing financial year. This was announced by the Finance Minister Pradip Amat on Friday here.

Speaking to mediapersons, Amat said, “Programmes are being launched to invite suggestions from the public through website and mobile phones prior for budget preparation for this fiscal.”

The Finance department has developed a webpage where suggestions can be submitted in a structured format for preparation of Annual budget 2016-17. Besides the webpage would host the budget documents and suggestions.

Besides, suggestions can be sent via e-mail to Similarly, suggestions can be sent through SMS to mobile number 9438161111. This facility will be available for a fortnight beginning from January 1, 2016.

The Finance Minister further stated, “The department’s target this year will be to increase the scope for revenue collection and augment the State’s revenue.”

As earlier, the government’s focus will be on undertaking programmes for judicious spending of budget allocations. Besides, efforts will be made for completion of pending infrastructure work in the State, Amat added.