Odisha Govt Starts Web Portal For Citizen Participation In Budget-Making

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Bhubaneswar: In order to make the budgetary process more open and participative the Finance Department has initiated a process to obtain inputs by using information and communication technology (ICT), through a separate web portal budget.odisha.gov.in, by e-mail and SMS.

“The portal displays all budget related documents. In this process of submission of budget suggestions through Whatsapp and Telegram was added in the option,” a Finance Department official said.

The Finance Department has invited in a structured format to be used as input in the preparation of Annual Budget 2019-20. “For this, suggestions for budget are also invited through whatsaap and SMS to the mobile number (+91)9438161111. The facility will be open from June 4 to June 15,” the official added.

The State Government has urged members of the public, civil society organization, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to participate in large numbers in the budget making process.

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Niranjan Pujhari, Minister, Finance, Odisha