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Odisha likely to present bigger budget for 2018-19

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

is likely to present a bigger budget for 2018-19 during the third week of February with emphasis on agriculture, social security and infrastructure development. This was stated by Minister S B today after attending a pre-budget consultive meeting attended by economics experts and former Ministers. Some people may criticise that the will introduce a budget keeping the next assembly in view. But, the has been bringing pro-people budget every year. In all previous budgets, social sector, farmers and other welfare activities have been given a priority, told reporters. Odisha's has been very good, said secretary T K Pandey adding that all the participants in the meeting have given their views on this line.

As the financial situation in the state has improved, there may be a big size budget for 2018-19, he said. Former Minister Prafulla Ghadai, who was a part of the meeting, stressed on filling up vacancies to ensure proper implementation of welfare schemes. Another former Minister said: "I hope that the size of the budget for 2018-19 will be around Rs 1.20 lakh crore. The may introduce pension for farmers or do something in procurement policy. But agriculture sector would be prioritised.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 22:55 IST
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