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  1. Modi government seeks approval for additional Rs 66,000 crore for electricity connections, MGNREGA

Modi government seeks approval for additional Rs 66,000 crore for electricity connections, MGNREGA

The Narendra Modi government on Monday sought Parliament approval for additional expenditure of Rs 66,113 crore, which includes 76 Grants and 3 Appropriations.

By: | Updated: December 18, 2017 1:03 PM
arun jaitley, judiciary reform, education reform, finance minister, radical reforms, education system, future leaders, india growth The Narendra Modi government on Monday sought Parliament approval for additional expenditure of Rs 66,113 crore. (Image: PTI)

The Narendra Modi government on Monday sought the Parliament approval for additional expenditure of Rs 66,113
crore, which includes 76 Grants and 3 Appropriations. The funds would be used to rollout schemes to provide
electricity connections to poor and payment of urea subsidies. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday moved the second batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2017-18 in Lok Sabha.

Major spending heads include Rs 1,033.8 crore towards grants for the creation of capital assets, subsidies and other
charges for Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya). Another Rs 3,594.57 crore was provided to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA). As much as Rs 20,532.5 crore was provided for urea freight subsidy, while another Rs 15,908 crore was provided for national highways.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September gave a big push to an ongoing mission to get all households in the country electrified by launching a Rs  16,320-crore Saubhagya scheme — to achieve the coveted goal by the end of December 2018.Lamenting that 4 crore or 20% of the country’s household is without electricity 70 years after Independence, Modi said that his government was determined to provide 24×7 reliable-quality power to the entire population.

In the 2017 Budget, the government allocated highest-ever fund for MGNREGA. The budget provision of Rs 38,500 crore for MGNREGA in 2016-17 was increased to Rs 48,000 crore in 2017-18.

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