OPPOSITION parties have termed the state governments decision to allocate more funds in the 2013-14 budget for water projects to mitigate drought a bluff.
BJP leader Vinod Tawde said,If we compare last two budgets,the average works out to 23-24 per cent. How different is the 2013-14 budget then,with the government promising to allocate 25 per cent for drought?
CM Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had said there would be a substantial increase in allocations for water projects in this budget. Chavan indicated that 25 per cent of the total funds would be set aside for these projects.
Figures for 2011-12 show that of the total budget of Rs 40,000 crore,funds allocated for water supply and irrigation projects were Rs 9,167 crore,or 23 per cent. In 2012-13,the total budget for state was Rs 45,000 crore. Funds allocated for water supply and irrigation projects were Rs 10,176 crore.
Tawde said,We would like to know if the hike includes expenditure on water supply to 16,000 villages across 15 districts facing drought. Expenditure on tankers could make up two per cent. If that is the case,then the government is constrained in giving more funds for irrigation projects.
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