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Jharkhand CS concerned over less utilisation of budget funds 

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Only 34.88 % of budget allocations spent in 8 months

Ranchi, November 30: Jharkhand chief secretary Sukhdev Singh has expressed concern at the departments able to spend only Rs 34.88 percent of the revised budget.

At a review meeting held at Project Bhawan in Ranchi on Wednesday regarding the review of budget expenditure in the current financial year 2022-2023 attended by principal secretary of finance department Ajay Kumar and secretaries of various departments the Chief Secretary expressed concern over the fact that even after eight months of the financial year, the department has been able to spend only 34.88 percent of the revised budget.

Compared to the original budget, the government has spent 36.22 percent of the amount. The Chief Secretary instructed all the officers to ensure that 100 percent of the budget is spent. He also directed the secretaries to increase the expenditure of the budgeted amount.

The issue of the problem faced by the Centrally Sponsored Scheme also came up in the meeting. The secretaries of most of the departments said that timely funds are not being made available in the schemes by the central government. On which the Chief Secretary said that under which schemes the departments are not getting money from the Center, prepare a complete proposal. The departmental secretary should personally go to the ministry located in Delhi and solve the problem. The government will also work in this direction at its level.

It was also discussed in the review meeting that if the budgeted amount of any scheme of the department is not fully spent by March-2023 or additional amount is needed for any new item, then a proposal should also be prepared and submitted. So that it can be added to the supplementary budget coming in the upcoming winter session.

Significantly, chief minister Hemant Soren had called the meeting but could not attend it and asked the chief secretary to chair it.

According to the details of budget expenditure kept in the review meeting, the original budget was Rs 1,01,101 crore. While the revised budget was Rs 1,03,845 crore. An amount of Rs 44,460 crore i.e. 43 percent of the revised budget has been spent. In the revised budget of Rs 1,03,845 crore, the plan budget is Rs 59,464 crore and the establishment budget is Rs 44,381 crore.

At the same time, the target of revenue collection in the financial year 2022-23 was Rs 35,030 crore. So far the government has been able to collect revenue of Rs 20,302 crore. Which is 58 percent of the total target.

Let us tell you that the Principal Secretary of the Finance Department had asked all the departments for the report spent against the budget, shocking facts had come to the fore.

According to the received report, most of the departments have performed below average in spending the budgeted amount. Energy department has spent maximum 87 percent of the budgeted amount. At the same time, the figure of expenditure of Energy and School Education and Literacy Department has been up to 51 percent. Rural Development Department (28.57 percent), Women, Child Development and Social Security Department (41.45 percent), Rural Works Department (17.89 percent), Urban Development Department (17.91 percent), Panchayati Raj Department (28.12 percent) have only been able to spend the amount. . Worst case, the expenditure of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperative Department has been only 6.08 percent.

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