Himachal CM puts up Rs 941.95 Cr supplementary demand budget

Shimla: The revision of pay scales for government employees, and funds requirement for cash starved public sector undertakings as well as meeting out committed liabilities at Palampur Agriculture University made chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal present a supplementary demands for grants adding up to Rs 941.95 crore for 2009-10.

Presenting the supplementary demands on the budget sessions opening day today, Dhumal, who also holds the finance portfolio, sought the houses approval for Rs 236.77 crore for plan schemes, Rs 252.65 for centrally sponsored schemes and Rs 452.53 crore for non-plan expenditure which included Rs 291.40 crore to meet additional liability on account of increased pay scales.

For plan expenditure, he presented a demand of Rs 77.82 crore for construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, Rs 33.03 crore for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Rs 14.37 crore for HPMC – a fruit processing PSU, HIMFED an apex farm cooperative society and Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvidyalaya, Palampur to clear pending liabilities.

Other than that a sum of Rs 13.50 crore sought for various projects of agriculture and animal husbandry department, Rs 12 crore for expanding the National Institute of Fashion Technology – Kangra, Rs 9.31 crore for modernisation of land records, Rs 6 crore for police organisation, Rs 5.43 crore for restoration of damaged works of IPH and Rs 43.64 crore for capital works in tribal areas.

Under non-plan expenditure, the chief minister presented a demand for Rs 291.40 crore to meet additional liability on account of revision of pay scales and Rs 20 crore for meeting mounting food subsidy bill so as to continue providing rations on subsidised rates.

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