Odisha Govt approves Rs 12,768 crore supplementary budget.

Odisha Government requires another Rs 12,768 crore for this fiscal year to carry out the central and state schemes in the state with the ambitious Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and the state Food Security scheme being the two prominent ones.

A meeting of council of Ministers headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday accepted a supplementary budget proposal of Rs 12,768crore. The proposal will be presented in the next session of the Assembly starts from September 4.

After the meeting State Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera informed that the budget has Provisions for different centrally sponsored schemes, central sector schemes, State government’s own programmes and the newly announced schemes.

He said the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and the Odisha Food Security Scheme have got financial provisions in this additional Budget proposal.

Odisha has launched these two parallel schemes with that of the Center, which experts see as a part of the election competition before the poll bout in 2019.

Odisha Government had approved Rs1, 20,028 crore in the budget session in March for state’s annual expenditure. With this additional demand the budget size for the fiscal year of 2018-19 will go up to Rs 1, 32,786 crore.While the annual budget this year has swelled by 12.3% this supplementary budget is adding Rs3000 crore to the supplementary budget of the last year.

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