State spends 35.98% of its fiscal income on salary, pension and interest: Malaiya

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Mar 2018 09:52:15



Staff Reporter

Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya said that State spends 35.89 per cent of its total fiscal income on salary, pension and interest. During previous Congress regime, this percentage was 64.21 per cent. Malaiya was giving reply to discussion on Budget 2018-19 in State Assembly on Monday.Categorising the budget expenditure heads, Jayant Malaiya said that 19.58 per cent will be spent on salary, 8.06 per cent on pension, 8.25 per cent on interest payment etc. The total sum of appropriation is more than Rs 2 lakh crore. Total net expenditure for year 2018-19 is estimated to be Rs 186685.24 crore. State’s total revenue receipts are estimated to be Rs 155886.47 crore. He said State has been revenue surplus since 2014-05 and is likely to continue status of being revenue plus this year also. Budget has provision of Rs 37,498 crore which is 17 per cent more than the last budget.

Countering the allegation of Congress that there is shortage of doctors in State, he tried to turn the table on Opposition by telling that during Congress regime, State had only five medical colleges then from where doctors will come. Now, State under BJP regime has started to open new medical colleges. He also shed light on provisions made under various heads like power, horticulture, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, education etc. Malaiya informed that under housing for all scheme, provision of Rs 700 crore has been made for Smart Scheme. Earlier, during discussion, Congress MLAs tried to corner Government on agriculture sector followed by power, higher education, drought etc. BSP MLA Sheela Tyagi said that present BJP government will be known for maximum strikes of employees. She said youths are not getting jobs. MLA Dinesh Rai Munmun said it seems that budget has been carved out only for 30 seats of various ministers. He claimed that his Assembly constituency has been not declared as drought-hit. Congress MLA Hardeep Singh Dung said that in his constituency, there are at least 15 such villages where not even a single house has come under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Other Congress MLAs alleged that budget does not have enough provision to eradicate the shortage of doctors in State.