Stressing that agriculture continues to be the focus, Odisha government on Friday presented its annual Budget allocating 20 per cent more funds to the sector compared to the previous year. In the last one year, the state has witnessed at least 174 farmer suicides over crop failure.
Presenting a Budget of Rs 94,052.65 crore in the State Assembly on Friday, Finance Minister Pradip Amat said agriculture continues to be the focus area of the Naveen Patnaik government and that the government has allocated Rs 13,181.89 crore for the sector. The outlay for the agriculture sector is about 14.02 per cent of the total Budget.
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The increased allocation for farmers and the agriculture sector comes just about eight months before Odisha holds its panchayat polls scheduled in January next year.
Besides, the government will launch “Biju Kanya Ratna” in the districts of Dhenkanal, Angul and Ganjam for empowerment of women. A first of its kind move will also see the government allocating Rs 4 crore for the welfare of transgenders in the state. The government will also set up five medical colleges.