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Spending Slows Down

While the State Government is pumping more and more funds for development, spending by various departments have slowed down, which is a cause of concern.


Latest Fiscal Report on Expenditure by 31 July-2019 reveals that spending by the departments have gone down as compared to 31 July-2018.

State Budget size has gone up to over Rs.1.39 Lakh Crore during 2019-20 Fiscal, which was Rs.1.13 Lakh Crore in 2018-19.

As compared to last year, increase in Budget has gone up 9.38 percent, so spending is expected to match the rise in funding.

With more pump of more funds for the development sector, more spending was expected from the implementing agencies.

Expenditure Report reveals that by July End spending was less than 2.89 Percent as compared to corresponding period of last year.

“This is a cause of concern as after providing much needed funds, expenditure has not picked up”, said a senior officer in the State Government.

Spending by 31 July is Rs.28,742.53 Crore, where as less funding expenditure by July End of 2018 was Rs.29,598.24 Crore.

Take for example, Infrastructure Development Sector like Rural Development has registered much less spending with 84 Percent decrease in expenditure.

Similarly expenditure in Housing and Urban Development has registered less spending to the extent of 43. Percent.

Spending in Water Resources was Rs.1828 Crore by July End, which was Rs.2686 Crore in corresponding period of 2018.

Disaster Management spending has gone up with FANI effect as 14 districts face the wrath of Super Storm and rehabilitation and reconstruction work picked up.


Spending in disaster Management was Rs.2807 Crore and in coming days spending will rise as the State Government is expecting more funds from Centre.

Social Sector spending has also come down with Panahcyati Raj and Drinking Water Sector spending has also come down as compared to last year by July End.

This sector spending as on 31 July-2018 was Rs.6752 Crore and as by July End of 2019, expenditure was Rs.2696 Crore, said sources.

Now the State Government is harping on more spending in both development and infrastructure sector as well as social spending.

With 5T in operation, stress is on more fruitful spending and now the departments are chalking out Action Plans in this regard.

Technology Support in this regard is being roped in and time bound program will be chalked out to hike spending in Development and Infrastructure sector, said a senior official.

Department of Finance is constantly reviewing the release of funds and spending by the departments concerned, for which expenditure in coming days will go up, said a senior official.


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