Govt seeks to incur Rs 3,900 cr additional expenditure

The State government on Thursday sought to incur an additional expenditure of Rs 3,946.03 crore in the 2015-16 fiscal year, including Rs 35 crore for paying salary and other expenses of legislators, and Rs 55 crore for house building advance to State civil service officers.

The salary and allowance expenses of the legislators have shot up considerably recently. Besides paying towards hike in salary and allowance, the government has sought to incur travel and general expenses of presiding officers of both the Houses, chief whips of the government and the leader of the Opposition. Besides, Rs 5 crore has been allocated for the recent legislature session held at the Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi.

The government also wants to use Rs 55 crore for house building advance to State civil service officers. These expenses were part of the supplementary estimates (first instalment) tabled in the Assembly by the government. Interestingly, the government has come up with supplementary estimates even before obtaining the approval of the legislature for the full budget for 2015-16.

The supplementary estimates also include Rs 1.15 crore for reimbursing the medical expenses of judges of the Karnataka High Court, Rs 1 lakh providing sumptuary allowance to ministers of State and Rs 30 lakh for renovation of the office of special investigation team, Karnataka Lokayukta.
DH News Service

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