Friday, March 05, 2010

ORISSA: Social security gets top priority

Express News Service
First Published : 05 Mar 2010 04:50:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 05 Mar 2010 09:14:06 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Despite the recessionary impact on the economy, the State Government has decided to go ahead with its flagship schemes catering to the key constituency, the rural poor.

An amount of Rs 910 crore has been allotted for Rs 2 per kg rice scheme in the vote-on-account for the first four months of the financial year to be placed by the State Government in the Assembly on March 15. The monthly stipend of physically challenged and orphan students will also be hiked from Rs 500 to Rs 750. The vote-on-account was approved at the meeting of the Council of Ministers presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Thursday.

The State Government has also made provisions for two new schemes to be launched from April. While Rs 18 crore has been provided for Biju Saharanchal Bidyutikaran Yojana, Rs 75 crore has been earmarked for making the village roads concrete. Sources said 40 per cent of the funds required for the project has been made available now while the rest will be provided in the full budget later.

It was decided that Rs 20 crore will be spent during the first four months for deployment of 5,600 police personnel in the Naxalite-affected areas. While Gopabandhu Grameen Yojana will get Rs 165 crore, the Biju KBK Yojana has been provided Rs 120 crore. The Biju Kandhamal Yojana, another new scheme, has been provided Rs 28 crore while Biju Gram Jyoti Yojana will get Rs 50 crore.

The MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) fund has been provided with full provision of Rs 110.25 crore. Other provisions include Rs 60 crore for `Mo Kudia’ and Rs 120 crore for Madhubabu Pension Yojana. A provision of Rs 20 crore has been made for the Employment Mission.

The vote-on-account will be of Rs 17,050 crore which includes Rs 12,360.75 crore non-plan, Rs 3,686.1 crore State plan, Rs 380.36 crore Central plan and Rs 619 crore Centrally- sponsored plan. The budget has been projected at Rs 38,441 crore. However, changes are likely to be brought in the full budget on the basis of recommendations made by the Thirteenth Finance Commission (TFC).

Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei told mediapersons after the meeting that agriculture, irrigation and communication have been accorded priority in the voteon- account. He said that all welfare measures started by the State Government will continue and there is no chance of these being affected.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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