Edn, development get lion's share in ZP budget

Edn, development get lion's share in ZP budget

Zilla Panchayat president Nayeema Sulthana presented an annual budget of Rs 368.19 crore for the current fiscal (2017-18).

Reading out the 55-page budget copy for over 90 minutes at Abdul Nazir Sab Hall of the ZP here on Tuesday, she said that while Rs 253.87 crore would be spent on various development works, Rs 114.32 crore will be spent on salaries of the staff. Compared to the 2016-17 budget, the grants are 5.19% more. Last year the ZP had got Rs 350 crore.

In the budget, education has been accorded priority with Rs 135 crore, followed by Rs 74.83 crore for health, Rs 44.19 for Backward Classes, Rs 28.44 crore for Scheduled Castes and Rs 22.35 crore for Scheduled Tribes. Last year the allocation for SCs was 31.24 crore.

From this year, Mathrupoorna scheme, which aims at providing nutritious and fresh cooked food for pregnant women in anganwadi centres, is being implemented in H D Kote taluk on a pilot basis. Each beneficiary is being allocated Rs 21 per day.  Ksheera Bhagya, the scheme for providing milk to students, has been extended to five days from three days and will come into effect from July.

A sum of Rs 42 lakh has been earmarked for the Government Ayurveda Hospital at Valagere in Nanjangud taluk and a similar hospital at Harave in Hunsur taluk and for a Panchakarma room in the Government Ayurveda Hospital at Maraluru Goddanapura in Nanjangud taluk.

The budget has provision to pay a subsidy of Rs 10,000 to fishermen and unemployed youth to buy a two-wheeler to sell fresh fish. If a group of three or four youths come together, they can avail of a subsidy of Rs 1 lakh for buying a three-wheeler.

Overall the Panchayat Raj institutions in the district have got Rs 1,095.85 crore, which includes Rs 368.19 crore for the ZP, Rs 697.54 crore for the Taluk Panchayats and Rs 30.12 crore for the Grama Panchayats.
During the meeting, the members pointed out that there is no Mysuru district in the map in the diary distributed among them.

ZP Chief Executive Officer P Shivashankar said the map has not been printed by the ZP. “The diary has been purchased from the market and necessary information has been included in it for distribution among the members. In future, steps would be taken to ensure that such mistakes do not recur,” he said.
 

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