Govt pushes for Rs 46,227 cr extra spending

The government has sought Parliament's nod for supplementary spending of Rs 46,227.57 crore in the current fiscal that includes net cash outgo of Rs 25,567.97 crore, largely on account expenditure on petroleum subsidy, army and food.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday tabled supplementary demands for grants in Parliament.

The demands are spread over a large number of categories. Cash outgo apart, over Rs 20,658 crore is accounted for under the Technical Supplementary head.

Of the net cash outgo, as much as Rs 10,041.72 crore will be towards petroleum subsidies to oil marketing companies for under-recoveries on account of selling petroleum products below cost, and project management expenditure.

It has also sought Rs 4,821 crore for Defence Services (Army) for meeting additional expenditure arising out of courts orders and other items.

Food and public distribution department has been given additional subsidy of 1,877.52 crore.

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