Rs. 452.3 crore proposed for drinking water projects
J. Sunita Veerappa Gowda, president of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat, presented the Budget estimates for 2011-12 seeking approval of the members for a sum of Rs. 704.5 crore, under both plan and non-plan expenditure, covering the zilla, taluk and gram panchayats, here on Wednesday.
The scale is higher by Rs. 187.56 crore than the 2010-11 estimates, amounting to 26.62 per cent increase (under both plan and non-plan). Under the plan expenditure, Ms. Gowda proposed a sum of Rs. 221.23 crore for the zilla, taluk and gram panchayats against the previous figure of Rs. 170.23 crore. Of this, the zilla panchayat would get Rs. 111.62 crore; taluk panchayats would get Rs. 67.31 crore; and gram panchayats Rs. 42.29 crore. The non-plan expenditure has been put at Rs. 483.26 crore against the Rs. 346.7 crore proposed in the previous Budget, Ms. Gowda said. There is an increase of Rs. 136.56 crore. Of this, Rs. 170.47 crore would be earmarked for the zilla panchayat; Rs. 301.2 crore for the taluk panchayats; and Rs. 11.58 crore for the gram panchayats. A sum of Rs. 446.95 crore under both plan and non-plan expenditure, amounting to 81 per cent, would be the salary component. Of this, maximum grant of Rs. 321.12 crore (both plan and non-plan) would be earmarked for the Education Department. Primary education would be strengthened to increase the literacy rate in the district, Ms. Gowda said.
A sum of Rs. 2.17 crore has been proposed for construction of school classrooms under the NABARD for the year 2011-12. Another Rs. 14 crore has been sought under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for the current year. A sum of Rs. 71.88 crore, including Rs. 53.74 crore under non-plan, has been proposed for health-related activities. A sum of Rs. 452.3 crore for drinking water projects and Rs. 2.65 crore for maintenance has been proposed in the Budget, Ms. Gowda said. For the Social Welfare Department, Rs. 39.89 crore has been proposed, including Rs. 20.76 crore in the non-plan estimate. The Department of Women and Child Welfare would get Rs. 22.47 crore, which included Rs. 21.78 crore under the plan expenditure.
Proposals also covered the departments of sericulture, nutritious food, physically handicapped, animal husbandry, horticulture, fisheries, social forestry, housing, Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojna, Suvarna Gramodaya Yojna, watershed development, Western Ghats development, total sanitation campaign and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, among others.