Mysore ZP presents Rs 740.77 cr budget

Mysore ZP presents Rs 740.77 cr budget

Zilla Panchayat president Ka Pu Siddaveerappa on Monday presented a budget of Rs 740.77 crore for the year 2013-14 including Rs 225.42 crore for plan, and Rs 515.35 crore for non-plan projects.

The allocation of funds for department of Education is Rs 425 crore; Rs 69 crore for rural Health and Family welfare; Rs 78 crore for drinking water projects in rural areas, and Rs 81 crore for welfare of scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and backward communities.

Funds earmarked for Women and Child welfare is Rs 61 crore; Rs 34 crore for agricultural related activities; Rs 45 crore for rural development; Rs 21 crore for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene; and Rs 56 crore for rural employment scheme.

Last year

The proposed budget for the year 2012-13 was Rs 667 crore.

Achievements of 2012-13: Milk and eggs distributed once a week for children at anganwadi centres in rural areas; sanitary napkins distributed to girl students at high schools; scholarships to 30 private high schools and 25 primary schools; Rs one crore sanctioned for the construction of classrooms and compound at government high schools; public address system used to publicise government facilities and construction of toilets for more than 20,000 families; action plan at an estimate of Rs 76 crore prepared for drinking water projects; Rs 33 crore for agriculture related activities; Rs 31 crore for employment guarantee scheme under MGNREGA; Rs 66 crore for the welfare of SC/ST, backward and minority communities.

Five minute budget!

For the first time in the history of Mysore zilla panchayat, a budget was presented in such haste that it was over even before it started.

ZP president Ka Pu Siddaveerappa read out the budget proposal for the year 2013-14, comprising 16 pages, in all of five minutes.

Reason - the 16 page budget was brought down to two pages, to “facilitate easy reading for Siddaveerappa”.

Ironically, the tea break lasted for over 30 minutes. Soon after the completion of the budget presentation, the ZP president announced a tea break, catching the members by surprise.

The members were hoping to hold the budget discussion first, but Siddaveerappa was adamant and stood by his decision.

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