Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:
Amid protests and walk-out by the opposition Congress in the Assembly, Odisha Finance minister Prasanna Acharya on Friday presented the Vote-on-Account in the State Assembly amidst a walkout by the opposition Congress members.
“The Rs 34,829.34 crore Vote-on-Account for the first four months of the 2014-15 fiscal would defray the expenditure for existing establishment and ongoing schemes, and projects during April to July 2014,” the minister said, adding that the new government will seek appropriation for 2014-15 fiscal after the general elections.
Highlighting on the interim budget, Acharya said priority has been given to the ongoing schemes on agriculture, irrigation, infrastructure development, poverty eradication, health, education, rural development, social security and social welfare.
Stating that the revenue receipt of the 2014-15 fiscal has been pegged at Rs 62916.76 crore and the revenue expenditure at Rs 61796.64 crore, he said the revenue surplus of Rs 1120.13 crore is anticipated at the end of the next fiscal.
The minister also said the tentative size of the state plan for 2014-15 has been estimated at Rs 35,000 crore including Rs 2,000 crore for public sector undertakings (PSUs) as against the annual plan of Rs 21,500 crore for the current fiscal.