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State registers 19 pc growth in Plan expenditure up to Dec 2016




 The State Plan expenditure has grown by 19 pc. This is revealed from a review made by the Chief Secretary AP Padhi while chairing the all-Secretaries meeting at the State secretariat here today.

Sources said the total expenditure up to December 2016 was Rs 29,542 cr which is nearly 58 pc of the budget estimate. State has registered a growth of 19 pc as during the corresponding period of the last fiscal the expenditure was Rs 24,761 cr.

While expenditure in Agriculture sector was Rs 7020 cr which is 6 pc more than the corresponding period of last fiscal, in Infrastructure sector it has gone up to Rs 8246 with a growth of 12 pc. In Social Sector spending a growth of 12 pc is registered as the total expenditure recorded is Rs 12740 cr.

In spite of the market slowdown, the revenue collection from own tax sources has reached Rs. 15,164 cr which is almost at the same level recorded last fiscal.

Total collection from tax and non-tax sources has been approximately Rs. 20,102 cr which is less than 1 pc of the total collection of last fiscal up to December.

In subsequent analysis it is observed that the market slow down and demonetization together contribute to this variation of 1 pc less revenue collection.

Chief Secretary Padhi has directed the top State functionaries to keep up the pace of expenditure. District Magistrates and field officials have been asked to expedite the already started work and finish before scheduled time. Since no new work will be taken up because of the code of conduct in vogue due to the Panchayat polls, officials should focus on the ongoing work, said Padhi.

Departments have also been advised to start abolition of inter-state check gates from April 1, 2016 and enforce revenue collection through electronic means such as GPF, RFID and mobile apps.

Padhi also asked the Secretaries to reveal more and more information under Section 4 of the RTI Act in their department websites.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Finance TK Pandey and Secretaries of different departments were prominent among those present in the meeting.






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