The Naveen Patnaik Government presented budget proposals for 2013-14 in the State Assembly on Tuesday with a total proposed expenditure of Rs. 60,303.09 crore.

The budget estimates were presented in two parts, with a separate budget for the development of agriculture and allied sectors.

Presenting the budget proposals in the Assembly, Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya said the non-plan expenditure was estimated at Rs. 37,958.57 crore with an increase of 10 per cent over the budget estimates for 2012-13.

The State plan, Central plan and Centrally sponsored plan expenditure had been estimated at Rs. 19,367 crore, Rs. 1,095.80 crore and Rs. 1,881.72 crore respectively totalling to Rs. 22,334.52 crore, which represented an increase of about 22 per cent over the revised outlay for the year 2012-13, Mr. Acharya said.

The Finance Minister said the budget estimates for 2013-14 had been prepared keeping in view the recommendations of the 13{+t}{+h}Finance Commission, the State plan outlay as decided in the official level discussion with the Planning Commission and allocate priorities of the State government.

Mr. Acharya informed that based on the anticipated receipt of State’s share in Central taxes, the State’s own tax and non-tax revenue grants from Centre, the revenue receipt for the year 2013-14 had been estimated at Rs. 51,298.98 crore.

Stating that for the year 2013-14, the State’s own tax and non-tax revenue had been estimated at Rs. 24,430 crore, Mr. Acharya said the government proposed to achieve tax/GSDP ratio of 6.02 per cent in 2013-14 compared to revised estimates of 5.92 per cent in 2012-13.

Enumerating the highlights of expenditure proposals under some major sectors, Mr. Acharya said that total allocation in School and Mass Education Department was enhanced from Rs. 6,525.40 crore in 2012-13 to Rs. 7,142.83 crore for 2013-14. This was the largest allocation among all Departments which constituted about 12 per cent of the total budget allocation.

As regards Health and Family Welfare Department, Mr. Acharya said Rs. 2,192.18 crore under both plan and non-plan had been allocated, which was about 21 per cent more than the current year’s allocation.

Effort had been made to reduce the out of pocket expenditure for health care by increasing the outlay for provision of medicine in the government run hospitals.

A total provision of Rs. 2,032.57 crore had been made for Rural Development Department in the year 2013-14 against the total provision of Rs. 1,720.54 crore made during 2012-13, Mr. Acharya informed.

Total allocation in School and Mass Education Department has been enhanced: Finance Minister