Fiscal performance shows upward trend in first quarter

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Bhubaneswar: The fiscal performance of Odisha has shown an upward trend by the end of first quarter of the current fiscal year in both its indicators of budget utilization and revenue generation.

Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sri Tuhin Kanta Pandey outlined the financial updates of the State for discussion during meeting of all the Secretaries held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in the secretariat conference hall here today.

Reviewing fiscal performances of various departments during the first quarter of 2018-19, the Chief Secretary directed the departments to focus on formulation, sanction and implementation of more need based projects under District Monetary Fund (DMF) along with the budgeted projects.

Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised that the departments should manage and monitor the DMF projects like that of the budgeted projects.

Review of the first quarter fiscal performance showed that budget utilization on different plans, programmes and schemes up to June, 2018 has been  Rs 13591 cr thereby showing the growth of around 19% over last year utilization up to June, 2017.

The Social sector spending by end of June of current year (with actual spending of Rs.6670.53cr)   has grown by 65% over the corresponding period of l2017-18.  The projects under this head are executed and monitored through the departments of School & Mass Education, ST & SC Development, Health & Family Welfare, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti, Higher Education, Skill Development and technical Education, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability. Similarly, the expenditure under agriculture & allied sector has reached Rs.3516 cr and the expenditure in infrastructure sector has touched Rs.2840 cr.

Keeping pace with the expenditure, the total revenue generation has also grown around 29% with a total collection of Rs 8928 cr by end of June 2018-19. The revenue generation by June in last fiscal year (2017-18) was around Rs 6936 cr. The revenue from own tax sources during current fiscal has grown by 22.25% with total collection of Rs 6445.52 cr and the revenue from non-tax sources have grown by 49.16% with a total collection of Rs 2482.34 cr.

Target was set to make online pension paper submission and sanction mandatory from August 2018. Presently, both the online and offline systems are in operation. As of now 662 pensioners have submitted applications online. From August pension papers will be submitted only through online. The applications will be processed online by the respective Head of The Departments and Pensions Sanctioning Authorities. Further, it will be integrated with Accountant General office along with e-service book generated from HRMS from Januray, 2019.

Additional Chief Secretary Finance Pandey appraised that in the meanwhile the module for online submission of utilization certificates ( UCs)  under various schemes and grant of State Government has been developed. It would be rolled out from in November, 2018. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to properly train the concerned officers and stakeholders about the new system before rolling out. Similarly, online sanction order through Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) will also be made mandatory from 1st August, 2018. The pilot of this online sanction system has been successful. Till now 17,742 sanction orders have been issued through online IFMS.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Agricultural Production Commissioner Gagan Kumar Dhal,  Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Home Asit Kumar Tripathy, Additional Chief Secretary Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Dr Laxmi Narayan Gupta   along with Principal Secretaries , Secretaries and Special Secretaries of all departments participated in discussions.

 

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