Rs 9,829 crore Supplementary Budget approved

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Bhubaneswar: The Council of Ministers today approved the Supplementary Budget of Rs 9,829 crore for the 2017-18 financial year (FY).

Ahead of the Winter Session of the Assembly, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-headed Council of Ministers approved the State Government's supplementary budget for the current financial year to meet unforeseen expenditures. The emphasis, sources said, would be on welfare schemes, roads and infrastructure.

Official sources said that the reduced flow of Central funds and introduction of a few State-funded schemes is forcing the State Government to bring in the Supplementary Budgets.

While the Winter Session of Odisha Legislative Assembly is scheduled to begin from November 28 and continue till December 30, first Supplementary statement of expenditure for 2017-18 will be placed on November 30. The demand for grants will be taken up on December 7, 8 and 11 while Appropriation Bill on the first supplementary budget for the current fiscal will be tabled on December 12, sources said.

There will be a total of 26 working days in the session out of which 17 days for official business and five days will be for private members business (Bills and Resolution).

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