Maharashtra govt tables R152.49-cr surplus budget

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 27 2012, 06:55am hrs
Maharashtra finance minister and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Monday tabled a R152.49-crore revenue surplus budget for 2012-13 in the state legislative assembly.

The budget envisages revenue receipts of R1,36,711.70 crore and expenditure of R1,36,559.21 crore. The gross state domestic product is expected to rise 8.5%, Pawar said. The net state domestic product is estimated at R9,82,452 crore, the minister said. The budget earmarks R100 crore for celebration of the birth centenary of Maharashtra 's first chief minister, Y B Chavan.

It also provides for construction of a Marathi Bhasha Bhavan in Mumbai for promoting the language. Rare Marathi books would be brought online through e-books and volumes of the Vishwa-kosh (Marathi encyclopedia) would be made available on the internet, he said. An outlay of R5 crore has been made for nurturing the Marathi language and culture in the Maharashtra-Karnataka border areas, the minister said.

The size of the annual plan of the state is R45,000 crore, Pawar said. The special component plan for scheduled castes is R4,590 crore, tribal sub-plan R4,000 crore and district plan (general) R4,950 crore, an increase of R630 crore over the last year, he said. As much as R415 crore has been provided for Rashtriya Krushi Vikas Yojana and R2,500 crore has been allocated to concession in electricity bills to farmers, he said. The budget sets a target of electrification of 1.50 lakh agricultural pumps. Also, R65.56 crore has been set aside for the proposed World Bank-assisted Maharashtra Agricultural Competitiveness Project, to improve agricultural marketing infrastructure.

Moreover, R90 crore has been allocated for the construction of a sports complex, R1,444.80 crore for the National Rural Drinking Water Programme, R2,200 crore for JNNURM, and R573.98 crore for the Indira Aaawas Yojana.

The state government would be spending R156.55 crore on police modernisation, Pawar said. Also, R256.75 crore would be spent on residential and administrative buildings of police.