Himachal Assembly passes 2012-13 budget

Shimla : The Himachal assembly today passed the general budget for 2012-13 and related appropriation bill authorizing the government to spend Rs 21,738.32 crore from the consolidated fund.

With speaker Tulsi Ram applying the guillotine before the house was adjourned for the day, the bill was moved by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal who also holds the finance portfolio.

Cut motions moved by opposition congress on education, home, , IPH and PWD were defeated in the house, not before the opposition having staged a walkout on the IPH demand on Thursday.

While the legislative assembly voted for Rs 17,513.77 crore under 32 demands made, an amount of Rs 4,224.55 crore was charged on the consolidated fund of the state for meeting extra expenditure of justice administration, Vidhan Sabha, Governor and council of ministers, general administration and finance department.

The largest amount allowed by the house was Rs 7025 Cr for finance department, which included meeting committed liabilities such as repayment of loans raised and interest payments.

Highest budgetary allocation of Rs 3113.78 crore was approved for meeting the expenditure needs of education sector, followed by 2642.41 Cr for public works department which includes roads and bridges, irrigation and water supply Rs 1693.67 Cr followed by family and health welfare Rs 947.85 Cr.

An amount of Rs 122.75 crore was to be charged for meeting expenditure on general administration, Rs 153.18 for administration of justice, Rs 16.88 Cr for Vidhan Sabha and Rs 9.86 crore on office of Governor and council of ministers.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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