Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today hailed the interim budget presented by Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera and termed it as pro-farmer, pro women and development-oriented budget.
“It’s a pro-farmer, pro-women, pro-SC&ST and development-oriented budget; I am happy that adequate provision is made for KALIA scheme,” said Patnaik after presentation of the budget in the Assembly.
However, opposition Congress alleged that the Government has played politics even in the interim budget.
“Though it is an interim budget, but Government has played politics. False facts have been given by the Government. It is only an attempt to cross the election,” said senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.
Finance Minister Behera presented vote-on-account or interim budget of Rs 56,821 crore in the State Assembly. No new schemes were announced in the interim budget.
While provision of Rs 4,461 crore has been made for the KALIA scheme, Rs 400 crore has been for Ama Gaon Ama Bikash-PEETHA, Rs 2,935 crore for BASUDHA, Rs 2,120 crore for Madhubabu Pension Yojana, Rs 301 crore for Mission Shakti, Rs 305 crore for MAMATA, Rs 864 crore Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana, Rs 500 for Gopabandhu Grameen Yojana and Rs 1,777 crore for Parvati Giti Lift Irrigation project.
The Finance Minister also said that the State economy is expected to grow at 8.35 per cent in 2018-19.