Speed Up Capital Expenditure For Higher Growth Rate: Chief Secy To Depts

Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra reviewed the department wise fiscal performances and directed the departments to speed up capital expenditure under different programmes during the current working season for keeping up the higher growth rate.

Mahapatra also directed Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of different departments to closely monitor the livelihood enhancement projects and schemes during the current FY.

As an outcome of the application of 5-T principles in financial management, State has enhanced its fiscal performance capacity over last years.

The ‘ease of tax payment’ through online modes and ‘e-receipts’ have also been helpful to a significant extent while ensuring transparency in revenue matters. This was known from all secretaries meeting held on digital mode under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Mahapatra from Lokseba Bhawan wherein Principal Secretary Finance outlined the financial performance of different departments for discussion.

Principal Secretary Meena appraised that “the online mechanism for appraisal and approval of projects has been operationalised with multi-year expenditure commitment”. It was decided that finance department would delegate more financial powers to the administrative departments for expediting the project implementation.

Principal Secretary appraised that beating all adversities of shutdown and lockdowns for COVID-19, the revenue generation from total non-tax sources during 2020-21 has grown by 48.63% over the last FY of 2019-20. In absolute figures, an amount of Rs 21, 770.64 cr has been collected during 2020-21 against the total collection of around Rs 14, 647 cr collected during 2019-20. Similarly, the revenue generation from own-tax sources has also grown by 7.11% during the FY 2020-21. The total own-tax collection in 2019-20 was around Rs.32, 315 cr which grew to Rs.34, 614 cr during 2020-21. Keeping pace with the revenue generation the total expenditure of different departments during 2020-21 has crossed Rs 1, 26,500 cr with programme expenditure of around Rs 59, 700 cr.

Chief Secretary also reviewed implementation of the projects under DMF and OMBADC. The review showed that progressive collection till March 2021 under DMF was around Rs 12376 cr against which around 19496 numbers of projects estimated around Rs 13, 749 cr were sanctioned in different districts. Out of the sanctioned 19,496 projects a total number of 12,848 projects were completed by end of March, 2021. Similarly, under OMBADC Phase-II, around Rs19, 000 cr was collected as of March, 2021 against which 38 projects of worth around Rs. 14,043 cr were sanctioned. As per available data, the projects were in different phases of implementation.

Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) and Agriculture Production Commissioner Raj Kumar Sharma, ACS Sanjeev Chopra, ACS Forest and Environment Dr Mona Sharma, ACS Health and Family Welfare Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra along with Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Special Secretaries of all departments participated in the deliberations.