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Odisha: Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented the Odisha Appropriation Bill 2019 before the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Pujari said that the Government has stressed on agriculture, workers, SC and ST, women, children, youth, senior citizens' empowerment. Besides, the focus of the Government is on farmers' welfare, poverty allevation, food security and skill development.

"The State Government has been presenting an exclusive Womens' Budget every year, from past seven years. This year for the first time we have introduced Child Budget in association with the UNICEF," the Minister said.

For the financial year 2019-20, Rs 70,600 crore has been earmarked for programme implementation which is more than 50 percent of the budget. The Agriculture Budget is of Rs 20,714 crore out of which Rs 9,713 crore has been allocated for development of irrigation infrastructure, Pujari added.

Here are the highlights of the Appropriation Bill 2019-20:

KALIA Scheme: Rs 5,611 crore

Education and Skill Development: Rs 19,492 crore

Drinking Water and Sanitation: Rs 5,000 crore

SC and ST Development: Rs 23,760 crore

Energy: Rs 2,251 crore

Women Empowerment - MAMATA Scheme: Rs 305 crore