In the backdrop of financial crisis the state government is apparently facing, the assembly on Wednesday passed a supplementary budget of Rs 8,651 crore for the year 2014-15, inviting criticisms from opposition members.
Finance minister Jayant Malaiya presented the supplementary budget in the assembly.
Mukesh Nayak of the Congress said it seems that state is going through a ‘financial emergency’.
“The state received Rs 38,000 crore last year from the Congress-led government while this year, it got only Rs 20,000 crore from the Union government,” he said.
He alleged gross mismanagement and irresponsible behaviour of government officials, saying “28 departments haven’t submitted utilisation certificate which is as good as economic offence”.
The Congress MLA said 55 irrigation schemes were incomplete, escalating the cost by Rs 2,412 crore. He also alleged that corrupt practices were being adopted in power purchase. “All power distributing companies are running in losses. The state government buys electricity on higher rate and sells it on a lower rate the same day,” Nayak said.
Ramniwas Rawat said his Congress party was not opposed to organising panchayats but the government should give an account of the money spent and action taken in the panchayats.
Rawat expressed concern over falling prices of paddy and demanded that the unit of assessment for crop insurance should be the agricultural field. Mahendra Singh Kalukheda of the Congress said bad fiscal management of the government has put the state in trouble.
Jitu Patwari of the Congress criticised the treasury benches on deduction of funds from the Union government and urea shortage. He said the Congress would join the BJP if the ruling party stages a dharna in Delhi to demand its share of funds and urea.
Finance minister Malaiya in his reply rebutted the opposition’s allegations, saying the state has for the first time attained ‘A’ in credit rating and there was no problem of liquidity in state despite spending Rs 13,000 crore on farmers last year.