Appropriation bill will be tabled today

Bhubaneshwar: The Appropriation Bill will be presented to the Odisha Assembly today. A budget of Rs 2 lakh crore was presented for the financial year 2022-23 by state finance minister Niranjan Pujari on Wednesday.

“As a result, instead of presenting a full-fledged budget, a vote on account budget has been presented to allow us to incur expenditures for the first four months of the 2022-23 financial year on the establishment, programs and existing projects,” the state finance minister said.

Reportedly, an allocation of Rs 20,344 crore was made for agriculture and related sectors, followed by an allocation of Rs 23,947 crore for the education and skills sector and Rs 12,241 crore for the health sector.

In addition to this, Rs 132 crore has been provided for the promotion of Odia language, culture and heritage, which includes Rs 46 crore for Mukhyamantri Kalakara Sahayata Yojana and Rs 15 crore for preservation, conservation and protection monuments and sites.

It is worth mentioning that Rs 3,210 crore has also been provided for disaster management, including Rs 2,246 crore under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Rs 964 crore under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) .

Notably, Odisha Assembly on Wednesday passed Shri Jagannath Temple (Amendment) Bill 2022, so as to empower Puri temple administration and officials for hassle-free land settlement of the temple of Lord Jagannath and related matters.

Therefore, the temple administration has the power to sell or lease the temple lands from Lord Jagannath, without any approval from the state government.

According to a report by Indian Express, aapproximately 60,426 acres of land in Lord Jagannath’s name have been identified in 24 districts of the state. Over 395 acres of land have also been identified in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar. After the temple administration identified these lands, in 2003 it proposed that the occupants could buy the land or lease it to the temple rather than drive them out.

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