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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

State may pitch for separate agri budget

PTI  Mumbai, February 25, 2013
First Published: 00:57 IST(25/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:59 IST(25/2/2013)

The state’s agriculture department is seeking a separate agriculture budget for the state to better manage its resources and funds. A proposal has been submitted to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. If accepted, Maharashtra will become the third state after Karnataka and Odisha to have a separate agriculture budget.

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Nearly 60% of the state’s population is dependent on agriculture, but the state budget is rarely agriculture-oriented, said a department official. "A multiplicity of schemes leads to a delay in funds reaching beneficiaries," he added.

There is also the problem of overlapping schemes among various departments. Officials said a single agriculture budget can deal with fund allocation for eight to ten departments and eliminate duplicity of allocation.


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