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‘Economy woes add up due to dip in mining, vehicle tax revenue’


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 4

Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra has advised secretaries of all departments to encourage investment at all levels to push the growth momentum in the state while sounding concern over the decline in growth rate of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 4.8 to 4.4 per cent.

Worried over the falling revenue from the mining sector and motor vehicle taxes in the state, Mohapatra said the fall in the national GDP is also a warning to all the states, indicating that the impact of economic recession is not restricted to any particular place. The Chief Secretary voiced his concerns at the all secretaries meeting held here on Monday.

The review on the Plan expenditure till July this year revealed that the spending in the agriculture and allied sectors has been reduced to 16 per cent.

Similarly, the Plan expenditure by department of Water Resources (DoWR) has also gone down, and almost every year, the DoWR is surrendering huge funds, said sources.

The expenditure in the infrastructure sector has been just 21 per cent which is the same as the rate of spending during the corresponding period last year. The expenditure rates recorded in the Rural Development and Works departmrmts are as low as 14 per cent.
Even the spending in the social sector has been a mere 20 per cent compared to 24.7 per cent last year.

Development Commissioner Injeti Srinivas said district visits of the Secretaries should be focused and purposeful. It was suggested at the meeting to reduce the number of a secretary’s district visits to six in a year while another six may be added for the purpose of reviewing programmes.

The meeting decided to implement a uniform attendance system based on biometrics in the State Secretariat. The Home department was asked to carry out the process in consultation with staff associations.

The Chief Secretary advised that all habitations in the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) area need to be enumerated. Implementation of basic infrastructure plans for connectivity, drinking water and electricity supply for hamlets having 100 plus population should be completed by 2016-17, he said.