Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented the annual budget for 2021-22 with an outlay of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the state assembly. The state’s own revenue is projected to register strong growth of around 10 percent during 2020-21.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. (File Photo)
Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented the annual budget for 2021-22 with an outlay of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the state assembly on Monday. The Finance Minister also presented a separate agricultural budget of Rs 17,468 crore. During this, the minister said that despite the severe impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the state’s own revenue is projected to register a strong growth of around 10 percent during 2020-21.
In the budget, the state government has proposed to spend Rs 3,500 crore over a period of three years to convert SCB Medical College and Hospital into an AIIMS Plus institute to provide world class healthcare facilities to the citizens. A total allocation of Rs 9,164 crore has been made for public health care with an increase of about 19 percent over the previous year.
1,353 crore has been allocated under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana. With a focus on changing the perimeter of the famous temples, Rs 542 crore has been set aside as part of the mega plan to convert the pilgrim town Puri into a world heritage city under the ‘Abadha Yojana’. At the same time, Rs 200 crore has been allocated for the Samaleshwari Temple Area Management and Local Economic Initiative Scheme and Rs 200 crore has been allocated under the Ekamra Facilities and Memorial Revival Action Plan.
A sum of Rs 3,050 crore has been proposed for disaster management, including Rs 2,139 crore under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRF) and Rs 961 crore under the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRF). The budget has allocated Rs 17,468 crore for agriculture and allied activities, including Rs 1800 crore for the Kalia scheme, Rs 106 crore for millet mission and Rs 1415 crore for fisheries and animal resource development.
To further boost the irrigation potential, Rs 8,266 crore has been allocated for water resources in the budget. Major outlay is for mega lift irrigation projects, construction of in-stream storage structures, flood control and drainage works. 100 crore provided for land acquisition, construction, renovation, expansion of airports and renovation of Birsal airstrip at Rourkela, Jeypore, Utkela, Jharsuguda.
As Odisha is going to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023, the state government will build the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium at Rourkela, which will be India’s largest hockey stadium with an outlay of Rs 120 crore. In the budget, there is a provision of Rs 3,000 crore with the target for the construction of another five lakh pucca houses through the convergence of the PM Awas Yojana – Grameen and Biju Pucca Ghar schemes.
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