Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

UT admn seeks Rs 948 crore under plan head for Budget ’14

The Administration would also be focusing on heritage conservation. The Administration would also be focusing on heritage conservation.
Express News Service | Chandigrah | Posted: February 17, 2014 5:11 am

With a focus on education, health and transport facilities, the Chandigarh Administration has sought Rs 948 crore from the Centre under the plan head and Rs 3,092 crore under the non-plan head.

For the financial year 2013-14, the city had received Rs 876.05 under the plan head and Rs 2615.56 crore under the non-plan head.

As the interim budget is to be presented in the Parliament on Monday, the Chandigarh Administration is expecting at least 10 per cent increase in the funds that are to be allocated.

This year, the states and the union territories had been asked by the Centre to curtail the budget requirements. With this being the interim budget, the actual budget would be presented after the Lok Sabha elections.

Also with the code of conduct to come into place in the next few days, there are few new projects that can be started. While the plan budget is for the projects being undertaken, the non-plan is for expenditures such as salaries among others.

The focus of the Chandigarh Administration in the budget demands would be on education and health sector. In fact, in the previous years as well, a large chunk of the budgetary allocation has been for these two sectors. Expansion of hospitals and inclusion of more facilities is on the agenda. Construction of new schools as well as upgrade of the existing ones would also be a priority area. In fact, several sites have been earmarked for construction of dispensaries and schools and work is likely to start in the coming financial year.

A challenge that the city is facing is that of increasing traffic. The Administration would be making attempts to promote public transport as well as improve the facilities for traffic movement. New buses are to be purchased in the coming financial year for which approval has already been received.

The Administration would also be focusing on heritage conservation.

For the year 2013-14, no additional budget was received in December as was being received in the past few years. In fact, the Chandigarh Administration had received a communication from the Centre to curtail spending. During the last fiscal year, around 29 percent of the budgetary allocations had been earmarked for urban development.

Around 19 per cent budget was for education, 12 per cent for health and 15 per cent for transportation.

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