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Subsidised rice focus in Chhattisgarh second supplementary budget

R Krishna Das  |  Raipur 

Chhattisgarh government on Thursday presented the second supplementary budget for the current fiscal 2013-14 with focus on subsidised rice.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto had promised to provide a kilogram of rice for just Re 1 to the people living below poverty line in the state. Earlier, they had been paying Rs 2 for a kilogram of rice.

Soon after taking over as the chief minister for the third term in succession, Raman Singh asked the officials to immediate issue the order to implement the subsidised rice scheme. Following the order, the scheme came into effect in the state from January 1.

The state government made the budgetary provision in the second supplementary budget presented in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Thursday.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, who holds the portfolio of finance department, presented the supplementary budget worth Rs 1876.67 crore.

A budgetary allocation of Rs 608 crore had been made in the supplementary budget to implement the scheme. Besides, a provision of Rs 150 crore had been made for clearing the dues of Shiksha Karmis. A sum of Rs 21 crore had been demanded for clearing the dues of expenses incurred for conducting the state polls in November 2013.

The state government had made a provision of Rs 431.77 crore for the scheduled tribe sub project. The fund would be used to implement projects in the tribal pockets of the state where the ruling BJP had performed badly in the recently concluded state poll.

In Bastar alone, it was confined to just four seats while it had 11 seats out of 12 in the last state polls.

The economists in the state believed that pumping money in the tribal pockets could be an exercise to win over the tribals before the Lok Sabha elections.

First Published: Thu, January 09 2014. 20:22 IST