Odisha Government to present a people-friendly and bigger Budget for 2018-19

Bhubaneswar: The State Government would present a people-friendly and bigger Budget for 2018-19. This was informed by the Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera.

He said this after a pre-Budget deliberation held here on Wednesday, which the Finance Minister, former Finance Ministers, officials and financial experts attended, it is expected that keeping in view that it is the last Budget before the forthcoming elections. The Budget would lay emphasis on agriculture, social security and infrastructure development, said Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera “A few people may criticise that the Government would introduce a Budget keeping the Assembly elections in view.

But the Government has been presenting people-friendly Budget every year. In all previous Budgets, social sector, farmers and welfare activities have been given importance,” said Behera. “During the discussions, a common view emerged that fiscal management of the State is overall good.

The economic condition of the State has improved. So, the Budget outlay is expected to grow. Now, all parameters related to fiscal responsibility and Budget management are being met properly,” Finance Secretary Tuhin Kant Pandey said.

Former Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadai stressed on filling up of vacancies in officers’ posts to ensure proper implementation of welfare schemes.