17 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha has registered a 7 per cent increase in revenue collection up to August during the 2019-20 financial year, said an official on Tuesday. Finance secretary Ashok Meena informed that the total revenue collection up to August grew around 7 per cent over the same period of last fiscal year.
The total revenue collection increased to around Rs 12,315 crore against the last year collection of Rs 11,758 crore. An all secretaries meeting was held on Tuesday under the chairmanship of chief secretary Asit Tripathy.
This was the first meeting of all Secretaries at the newly inaugurated Kharvela Bhavan. The Kharvela Bhavan is the extension of Lok Seva Bhavan (previously Secretariat) which was inaugurated by the Chief Minister recently.
The non-tax revenue increased by 12 per cent over previous year and the augmentation of revenue from own tax sources increased by 5 per cent, said Meena.
Review of the programme expenditure showed that because of the model code of conduct for general elections during initial 2-3 months of the current financial year, the total programme expenditure up to August declined by 4 per cent in comparison to the same period of last fiscal year.
The programme expenditure till August 2018 was around 32 per cent of the budget provision against which the expenditure till August this year was 28 per cent of the budgeted allocation.
The chief secretary directed to expedite implementation of the projects and utilization of the budgeted amount in coming months.
The departments were asked to implement the reforms in the field of budget preparation, strengthening macro-fiscal forecasting, annual and medium term budgeting and introducing commitment control system for uninterrupted financing to various projects and programmes.
The progress of the projects under District Mineral Fund (DMF) was reviewed in the meeting.
Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra appraised that total collection under DMF up to August this year was Rs 8,252 crore against which Rs 8,067 crore has been allocated for 12,664 projects.
Around 71 per cent of the funds was allocated to 9,241 projects under priority activities of DMF like drinking water, education, environmental preservation, pollution control, health care, sanitation, skill development, welfare of women and Children, housing, livelihood creation programmes, and connectivity.