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Odisha’s Proposed Plan Size up by 24.5%

News Date:07-May-2013

The State Government has proposed its Annual Plan size for the current fiscal 2013-14 at Rs 21,467 crore- a rise of 24.5%. However, the Planning Commission will take a final call. The Planning Commission has intimated the State Government about the schedule and agenda of the annual meeting between the State Government and the Plan panel. However, unlike previous years there will be no meeting of working groups to finalise departmental expenditures. Meanwhile, many departments of the State Government have already discussed their spending plans with the Planning Commission, said a senior official of the Planning & Coordination Department. While the last year’s Annual Plan size was pegged at Rs 17,250 crore, the amount was increased to Rs 21,467 crore for the current year, a rise of 24.5 per cent. In view of the Five Year Plan (2012-17) outlay of Rs 1, 24, 373 crore earmarked for the State, the percentage hike in proposed Plan size assumes importance. Keeping the meeting with the Planning panel in view, the officials of the P&C Department and Finance Department are busy compiling database and fixing the spend size of individual departments. Sources revealed that the State has emphasised certain thrust areas while preparing Plan documents. These areas include agriculture, irrigation, infrastructure and social welfare comprising the scheduled castes, tribes, women and child development. Most importantly, the state for the first time has announced a separate Agriculture budget along with its main budget so as to give fillip to the sector. Besides, it has declared Agriculture Policy-2013. Among other schemes for providing long and short-term subsidies and subventions to farmers, the state government has recently embarked upon a new scheme namely Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana with budgetary provision of Rs 100 crore. That apart, the Energy Department has initiated a slew of steps to create separate feeder line for extending irrigation facilities to potential cultivable areas with an investment of Rs 150 crore this fiscal in order to push the agriculture sector in the state. Giving thrust on infrastructure developments, the state government has included construction of cement concrete roads and new projects for widening of State Highways under the development of infrastructure sector in the State. More funds are likely to be earmarked for construction of check dams and mega lift points to boost irrigation potential. In social sector, new scheme like winter allowance to BPL families (blanket) is likely to be included, for which funds will be sought under the State Plan outlay. For welfare of fishermen and their housing facility, the Fishery and Animal Resource Development Department has also planned new schemes, which are likely to be included in the State Plan.

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