Rural infrastructure gets a boost
After a gap of 22 years, Orissa earned revenue surplus of Rs 481.19 crore in 2005-06 and, for the first time, became a fiscal surplus state in 2006-07 with
surplus of Rs 823.18 crore. Against the revenue surplus of Rs 2,261 crore for
2006-07 and Rs 1,682 crore in the revised estimate for 2007-08, revenue surplus
has been estimated at Rs 564 crore for 2008-09.
The State Plan outlay has been fixed at Rs 7,500 crore. This indicates 47 per
cent hike over 46 per cent in 2007-08.
Major budget allocations include Rs 465 crore for rural infrastructure
development, Rs 800 crore for Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Scheme, Rs 95
crore for JNNURM, Rs 100 crore for Krishi Vikas Yojana, Rs 49 crore for flood
control and drainage, Rs 188 crore for maintenance of major, medium and minor
irrigation projects, Rs 50 crore for development of Hirakud Command Area, Rs 324
crore for districts towards Backward Region Grant Fund, Rs 60 crore for
development of roads and bridges in different urban local bodies, Rs 110 crore
for water supply and sanitation, and Rs 407 crore and Rs 30 crore towards
maintenance and development of roads in Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur and
their adjoining areas, respectively.
[May 26-June 1, 2008]