CLAIMING THAT her government overshot the planned expenditure in the last fiscal by 15 per cent, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the achievement was the first ever in the last 20 years.
After addressing the first administrative meeting of her new government at Town Hall in Kolkata, Mamata told mediapersons, “In the last financial year 2015-16, the state plan expenditure budget was Rs 49,507 crore but the actual expenditure was Rs 53,010 crore. In other states, the total amount of planned expenditure funds is not spent but we exceeded by 15 per cent.”
She added that there was no such instance of actual plan expenditure surpassing the budgeted figure in the last 20 years. Moreover, the budgeted figure of Rs 49,507 crore was itself higher than the actual of the previous year — Rs 39,444 crore — by over 25 per cent.
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By achieving the state plan expenditure of Rs 53,010 crore, the state has achieved a year-on-year growth of nearly 35 per cent from the previous year’s expenditure of Rs 39,444 crore.
Mamata said the state finance department has already released over Rs 11,000 crore for the financial year 2016-17. Claiming that when her government took over for the first term in 2011, the planned expenditure was around Rs 14,000 crore, she added: “It has increased by nearly four times. So many assets have been created because we have stressed on utilisation of completed assets and carried out audits and maintenance.”
Speaking on the administrative meeting, which was attended by all cabinet ministers, district magistrates and senior police officers, Mamata said: “Such administrative meetings keep us on our toes and help us achieve our goal of taking Bengal to the top globally. We will restart all development works which had remained stalled for the last few months due to the Assembly polls.”