“This budget focuses on borrowing agriculture production & productivity, expanding irrigation, improving health care, education and skills for our people, investing in the youth and providing safe drinking water, sanitation, better livelihood opportunities, social security, electricity and rural connectivity. With substantial increase in investment in physical infrastructure we intend to increase economic activities and attract manufacturing and service industries and service industries”, said Odisha's finance minister Niranjan Pujari.
Carrying ahead its tradition since 2013-14, the Odisha government
presented an exclusive budget for agriculture with an outlay of Rs 20,714 crore for FY20. Besides the budgeted outlay, about Rs 8000 crore is being invested through extra budgetary resources every year to ensure timely payments to farmers for paddy procurement.
The agriculture budget has earmarked Rs 5611 crore for the state government's much lauded Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation or KALIA scheme for 2019-20. In this financial year, the state has fixed a target to create additional irrigation potential of 265,000 hectares. To boost farm credit, the budget has set aside Rs 800 crore for interest subvention on crop loans for this fiscal.
Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), another flagship programme of the Odisha government
launched as an antidote to the Central government's Ayushman Bharat has received an allocation of Rs 1203 crore.
The Budget talks of creation of disaster resilient power infrastructure after being pounded by Fani, a very severe cyclonic storm last month. A sum of Rs 100 crore has been provisioned for Odisha Skill Development Project with assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Moreover, Rs 237 crore has been set aside for industries and attracting investment.
The Budget bereft of any new tax or scheme has significant allocations for flagship schemes and other programmes- Madhubabu Pension Yojana (Rs 2,120 crore), MAMATA scheme Rs (305 crore), Samagra Sikhsya (Rs 2,250 crore), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (Rs 2900 crore), Smart City Mission (Rs 400 crore), Biju Krushak Yojana (Rs 420 crore), Mukhya Mantri Swasthya Seva Mission (Rs 578 crore) and Ama Gaon Ama Bikash Yojana (Rs 400 crore) to name a few.