Supplementary budget presented in assembly

Bhubaneswar: The State government on Monday presented supplementary demand of grants for Rs 4724.62 crore in the state Assembly to expand developmental works and speed up implementation of people-oriented schemes.

The first supplementary budget of 2011-12, presented by Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadai, sought Rs 2377.81 crore in non-plan and Rs 1801.26 crore for planned sectors.

An amount of Rs 127.03 crore was earmarked in the supplementary budget for central plans and Rs 418.52 crore for centrally sponsored plan.

Ghadai said despite limited resources the state government was trying to meet people`s aspirations and hoped the supplementary budget would help in boosting economic growth in the state.

By contributing state`s share to centrally sponsored plan, the supplementary budget would help in obtaining enhanced central assistance, he said adding higher resources had also been allocated for investment in order to widen development activities.

Provisions have been made for the poor, deprived, aged, disabled, women, children, scheduled castes and tribes, backward classes, agriculture, rural development, irrigation, cottage industries, drinking water and sanitation, Ghadai said.

Education, health and anti-naxal programmes have also got their share, he said.