State government presents its supplementary demands

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

“The opposition leaders should not forget that in supplementary demands, the State government has made a provision of Rs 20,000 crore. This is proposed to be used for the loan waiver scheme. A supplementary demand is an additional grant for a government to meet its expenditure,’’ he said.

MUMBAI: The State government presented the supplementary demands of Rs 33,533 crore in the assembly on Monday. The Pune Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) will get Rs 30 crore for implementing its projects, while Rs 20,000 crore will be used for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana 2017, a farm loan waiver scheme which was announced by the government recently.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the government is keen to discuss the loan waiver with opposition leaders. “The opposition leaders should not forget that in supplementary demands, the State government has made a provision of Rs 20,000 crore. This is proposed to be used for the loan waiver scheme. A supplementary demand is an additional grant for a government to meet its expenditure,’’ he said.

The amount earmarked for loan waiver is Rs 20,000 crore. While Rs 1,000 crore will come from Tribal Area Sub Plan with the same amount to be used specifically for tribal farmers and Rs 1,000 crore has been allotted for Scheduled Caste farmers.

In the supplementary demands presented in the house, the co-operation department got the lion’s share with the allotment of over Rs 19,577 crore. The urban development department (UDD) has been given Rs 7,961.97 crore out of which

Rs 30 crore was allocated for Pune Metro projects and Rs 9.20 lakh has been allocated to the Pune Municipal Corporation for its revenue expenditure. Ninety per cent of the funds are allocated in the form of reimbursement to local bodies following the cancellation of Local Body Tax (LBT) after the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The amount will be spent on the infrastructural developments of smart cities.

The state will be paying Rs 7,356.53 crore to all civic bodies - except Mumbai - this year in the form of reimbursement. The amount is likely to increase by 8-10% every year.

The Public Health Department (PHD) has also got a big share after co-operative department i.e. Rs 1,710.04 crore and the Water resources department will receive Rs 500.21 crore.

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, leader of opposition in the assembly, criticised the scheme over the conditions laid down by the government. He questioned the need to fill forms for farmers. “When the scheme was announced, the government had not announced these conditions. Then why do farmers have to fill a single form for getting the loan waiver?,” asked Vikhe-Patil.

While speaking on the supplementary demands, former CM Prithviraj Chavan said, “ The financial condition of the state does not permit introduction of new infrastructure projects due to the deteriorating financial condition of the state.” Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too questioned the allotment of

Rs 20,000 crore saying the government had earlier made an announcement to provide a loan waiver of Rs 34,000 crore. “What happened to the remaining

Rs 14,000 crore? Did the government fool the farmers initially?” asked NCP Maharashtra unit chief Sunil Tatkare.

SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
- Rs 13 crore for air travel of Governor, CM and other VVIPs
- Rs 92 lakh for VVPAT machines to be used in the local body polls in the state
- Rs 4.45 crore for government publicity programmes
- Rs 1.94 crore for consultation on improving prison security and modernisation
- Rs 71. 50 crore has been allocated for protection basic infrastructure in municipal corporation limits

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