‘Utilize 60% of the budget by December’

Bhubaneswar: Utilization under State Plan Budget for 2014-15
has increased by 110 per cent over last year expenditure by 2014. The percentage
of expenditure has been around 15 per cent of the estimated plan budget for
2014-15. This was revealed here at a meeting held under the chairmanship of
Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati at the secretariat wherein Additional Chief
Secretary (Finance) UN Behera presented the expenditure updates for discussion.
Reviewing the progress, the Chief Secretary advised to form
Secretary level sub-committees which can meet frequently to look in to implementation
of the projects and remove the bottlenecks as and when they emerge.
It has been decided in the meeting that the Integrated
Odisha Treasury Management System (IOTMS) will not admit expenditure in excess
of the 40 per cent of the budget during the last quarter of the current year.
Available data shows that State Plan expenditure up to June,
2014 has been Rs 4909 crore which is around 15 per cent of the budget estimate
against last year’s achievement of 12 per cnet during the corresponding period.
The utilization in Agriculture and allied sectors has been around 18 per cnet
against the last year’s figure of 10 per cent. The total expenditure in
agriculture and allied sector is Rs 1098.63 crore. This sector includes the
departments like Agriculture, Water Resources, Fisheries and Animal Resource
Development, Co-operation, Energy (separate agriculture feeder). The
utilization in building of Infrastructures has been around 17 per cent of
estimated budget (Rs 1171.59 crore in absolute number) against 15 per cent
utilization during 2013-14.
The infrastructure sector includes the departments like
Works, Housing and Urban development, Rural development and Energy (other than
agri feeder). Similarly, expenditure in social sector up to June during current
year has been Rs 2530.54 crore which is around 17 per cent of the estimated
budget against the last year’s expenditure of 13 per cent. The departments like
School and Mass education, ST and SC Development, Health and family Welfare,
Labour, Panchyati Raj, Employment Training and Technical Education, Women and
Child Development and Higher Education have been taken under this sector.

Development Commissioner  Aditya Padhi , Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue
& Disaster Management) Dr Taradatt, Water Resources Secretary Suresh
Chandra Mohapatra, Energy Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena, Agriculture Secretary Rajesh
Verma, SC and ST Development Secretary Snagram Keshari Mishra along with
secretaries and senior officers of all departments participated in discussion.

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