State budget for 2013-14 likely to cross Rs 60K cr

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Council of Ministers on Thursday approved draft proposal of the State Budget for 2013-14 which is likely to cross Rs 60,000 crore, about Rs 8,000 crore more than Rs 52,030.70 crore outlay proposed for 2012-13, official sources said.

“The focus of the Budget, to be presented on February 19, will be on agriculture, education, health and infrastructure creation. Allocations for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s recently announced people-centric schemes like Re1/kg rice scheme, aid to youth clubs, concrete roads and Kalyan Mandaps in ULBs will also find place in the Budget,” an official in know of the development told OTV.

For 2012-13, the state had allocated Rs 17,680.20 crore and Rs 34,350.40 crore towards Plan and Non-Plan expenditure respectively.

The Budget session of the Odisha assembly is slated to commence from February 14. The session will run for a total of 30 days in two phases. The first phase will start with the customary address of the Governor to the House on February 14 and run till February 25. The second session of the Assembly will from March 7 to April 6.

The Budget will be placed for appropriation on March 26, following which it will undergo the process of approval of the members of the assembly.