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Third supplementary budget of Rs 1778 Crores presented

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Ranchi: The budget session of Jharkhand assembly has kick-started today. On the first day the third supplementary budget of Rs 1778.23 Crores for the current fiscal was presented on the floor of the House.

The biggest share of the budgetary allocation of Rs 400 Crores had been set aside for rail infrastructure development in the State. On the other hand the speaker rejected adjournment motion put forth by the opposition on defection.

Minister of Parliamentary affairs Saryu Roy presented the supplementary budget in the assembly. The budget proposed allocations of Rs 1585.29 Crores for plan expenditure and 192.54 Crores for non-plan expenditure head for the last quarter of the current fiscal.

Budgetary provisions of Rs 298.70 Crores have been made for Subarnarekha Multi-purpose Project, Rs 294 Crores have been allocated for JNNURM Project while proposal of Rs 150 Crores under revolving fund allocation has been made for MGNREGA in the budget.

The allocation for MGNREGA has been made to clear wages for the workers on time. Proposal of Rs 108 Crores has been made for construction of Anganwari Centres as had been recommended by 13th Finance Commission.

Naxal hit areas to get Rs 80 Crores
The third supplementary budget has proposed allocation of Rs 80 Crores under Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan in Naxal affected areas in the State. Out of the total allocation Rs 30.39 Crores has been allotted for BRGF while Rs 49.44 Crores have proposed for non-plan project expenditures. Unaided educational institutes will get Rs 96.52 Crores under Mass Education Campaign. On the other hand proposals of allocation of Rs 46.28 Crores for plan and Rs 6.45 for non-plan expenditure have been made for construction of planetariums at Ranchi and Dumka, setting up of government polytechnics and for World Bank sponsored projects. Going ahead with the earlier announcements the State Government has proposed allocation of Rs 25 Crores for conversation and restoration of sites of archeological importance.

Attention to Regional balance needed for development
Assembly speaker Dr Dinesh Oraon in his initial address of the budget session said that the budget must give needed attention to maintaining a regional balance for equitable development. The development must be for everyone including the poor, deprived and exploited sections, he observed. Dr Oraon said that the Union Government must give due attention to the fact that a large swath of population were facing the brunt of pollution generated by the industry houses. He said that proper mechanism would be chalked out in the assembly to curb the growing threat of pollution.

Five legislators would be the presiding officers
The assembly speaker has nominated Radha Krishna Kishore, Ashok Kumar, Ravindra Nath Mahato, Vimla Pradhan and Geeta Koda would be the presiding officers for the budget session. On the other hand budgetary session would be headed by the assembly speaker. CM Raghubar Das, leader of the opposition Hemant Soren, parliamentary affairs minister Saryu Roy, minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary, Congress leader Alamgir Alam and Pradip Yadav of JVM (P) would be the members of the budget advisory committee.

Allegation of defection baseless
The assembly speaker Dr Dinesh Oraon had rejected adjournment motion put forth by the opposition party calling it baseless. Leader of the JVM (P) legislators’ group Pradip Yadav raised the issue of defection of six former JVM (P) legislators to BJP and demanded a CBI or judicial inquiry stating it a fit case of defection. On this Saryu Roy said that the issue had been brought before the assembly speaker, and therefore could not be raised in the House.

Tributes paid to prominent personalities
On the first day of the budget session the Jharhand assembly paid tributes to prominent personalities who demised during the period of last and this year’s budget. The speaker and members of the assembly paid tributes to former governor Rameshwar Thakur, former legislator Mahendra Mahato, Bhola Rai, former Home minister of Maharashtra RR Patil, former legislator Dharma Pal Singh, Yashwant Kumar Choudhary, Falguni Prasad Yadav, Ramrup Harijan, founder of GNLF Subhas Ghising, writer Prof Tulsiram, noted cartoonist RK Laxman, political scientist and writer Rajni Kothari, CPI leader Govind Pansare and others. The members of the assembly observed silence in memory of those who passed away.

Next cabinet meeting on March 3
The next meeting of the State cabinet would be held on March 3. The meeting would be held at 5 pm or soon after the assembly session at cabinet room of Jharkhand secretariat. This was informed by additional chief secretary of State secretariat NN Pandey.

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