Social, infra sector spending better with Govt thrust on development

State

Bhubaneswar, Dec 11

With the developmental activities being expedited, social and infrastructure development sectors have posted better spending results in Odisha.

Odisha Government’s latest expenditure report reveals that by November 30, the total spending was Rs.61,522 crore, which was 49 per cent of the Budget estimate and supplementary allocations.

According to official sources, Rs.1,25,506 crore has been allocated both in Budget estimate and supplementary allocations for spending during 2018-19, which is the highest allocation so far in the State.

The allocation in 2017-18 was Rs.1,10,897 crore and by November 30 last year, it had gone up to Rs 50,580 crore.

With more allocations, spending for the accelerated development has been harped by the Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi during review of various sectors.

While spending up to October 31 was Rs.52325 crore, it has scaled up during November to cross Rs 61,522 crore, officials say.

Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water turned out to be the biggest spending sector with an expenditure of Rs11,906 crore out of the total allocation of Rs16876 crore in this sector.

With Ama Gaon Ama Bikash (AGAB), the flagship programme being implemented in the State, spending in rural sector has gone up in a big way.

School & Mass Education sector is the second area where the spending has the most with Rs.Rs.7965 crore spent by November 30, said sources.

Women and Child Development along with Mission Shakti has performed well in spending as it went up to Rs.1985 crore from an allocation of Rs 3587 crore during 2018-19.

Infrastructure Development received a big leap with more funds allocated to the sector with the policy of the State Government to fund more projects on connectivity and irrigation.

Accordingly, the spending in Water Resources sector was Rs 3901 crore from an allocation of Rs.10549 crore.

Rural Development Sector, which received an allocation of Rs.7854 crore, spent Rs 3071 crore by end of November. This sector appears to have slowed down a bit, said an official.

With thrust on connectivity, the spending was Rs.2171 crore by November 30 from an allocation of Rs.4557 crore during 2018-19.

Energy Sector, which is implementing massive programmes for providing electricity to all, has spent Rs1037 crore out of the allocated Rs.2282 Crore.

Housing and Urban Development, which is another Infrastructure Development sector, spent Rs 2788 crore from the allocated Rs 5795 crore while agriculture and allied sector posted better spending, said sources.

The spending in Agriculture was Rs1751 crore, Fisheries and ARD Sector Expenditure was Rs.535 crore, said the officials adding, the overall spending was over 49 per cent by November 30, 2018 as against the 45 percent on November 30 last year, said official sources.

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