Assam 2017-18 financial yr about to end, Only 50% of Budget used so far

Guwahati, February 13: Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary on behalf of Finance Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma today in the Assembly session stated that out of the total budget amount of Rs 95856.31 crore, only Rs 42934.89 crore has been expended in the financial year 2017-18.

With only two months remaining for the closure of this financial year, MLA Aminul Islam questioned on what was the reason behind the rest of the budget not yet been released by the concerned departments.

On this Patowary stated that the required amount is usually released through online process and the Finance department plays a huge responsibility in delivering the amount using online techniques which requires to be completed within a stipulated time period.

He further added that the administrative departments are responsible for working out on the schemes while the Finance department’s responsibility is only to release funds.

It needs to be mentioned here that, in a few among the 54 departments the total amount of expenditure is meagre against the budgeted amount. Out of Rs 1806.73 crore budgeted amount only Rs 864.52 crore has been spent in the Agriculture department, In Cultural affairs Department, only Rs 31.53 crore out of Rs 154.43 crore has been spent, in Power (Electricity) Department, Rs.1618 out of huge budgeted amount of Rs 3962.55 crore has been utilized while in Border Protection and Development Department, a mere amount of Rs 13.69 crore out of Rs 163.01 crore and in Social Welfare Department, Rs 706 crore out of Rs 1813.18 crore have been expended.

In response to the revealed data, Chandra Mohan Patowary stated that national measures have been taken up by the state’s Finance Department to work out on the schemes within the stipulated time. Initiatives such as Assam Procurement Act, Delegation of Financial Powers and various others have been initiated by the Finance department.