Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari presented Budget for 2021-22 today in the State Assembly.
Here are the highlights:
- Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari begins Budget speech.
- We have introduced “Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation” – KALIA from the financial year, 2018-19 to accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in the State. This Universal Basic Income scheme for farmers has been recognized at various forums in the country. KALIA Scholarship will be provided to ensure proper higher education for the children of KALIA beneficiaries. It is envisaged to continue the support through 2021-22 and an amount of Rs.1800 crore is proposed for KALIA scheme, the Finance Miinister said.
- Organic farming has been promoted in more than 20800 hectares in the State. For accelerating the growth in organic farming Rs.35 crore is proposed under “Paramparagat Krishi Vikash Yojana, said Pujari.
- The Odisha Finance Minister said, “Revolving funds of Rs.100 crore for seeds and Rs.100 crore for fertilizers is proposed to ensure the advance availability of seeds and fertilizers, which are the vital inputs in agriculture for the production of a good quality crop.
- Rs.148 crore is proposed for agricultural research, education, and infrastructure, which is about five times of Budget allocation made in the year 2019-20.
- Rs.132 crore has been proposed under Horticulture Development Programme. Further, Rs.120 crore under National Horticulture Mission is proposed to increase the production of all horticultural products to the maximum potential available in the state.
- Rs.450 crore has been proposed under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) to develop farming as a main source of economic activity ensuring more inclusive and integrated development of agriculture and allied sectors. Rs.454 crore is proposed for subsidy for capital investment for the establishment of commercial agri-enterprises & for popularization of agricultural implements and diesel pump sets.
- Rs.60 crore has been proposed to support Farmers’ Producers Organisations (FPOs) in the production, aggregation, storage, processing, distribution, and marketing of agriculture and allied sector resources for sustainable development.
- We have taken up 8 Instream Storage Structures (ISS). We further intend to take up 23 new ISS during 2021-22 with a budget allocation of Rs.795 crore for this year. This is a transformative initiative for water conservation and usage.
- A sum of Rs.2258 crore has been proposed for the completion of incomplete AIBP Projects implemented through PMKSY and a sum of Rs.454 crore has been proposed under the statefunded Water Sector Infrastructure Development Programme (WSIDP). Besides, an outlay of Rs.710.00 crore has been proposed for flood control and drainage work.
- Rs. 860 crore has been proposed under Parvati Giri Mega Lift Irrigation Scheme during 2021-22 with a target to complete ongoing 60 projects.
- An outlay of Rs.180 crore has been provided under RIDF in 2021-22 for the Jalanidhi scheme to create additional irrigation potential. Deep Bore Well construction programme has received huge demand from farmers in the State. Keeping in view the demand of the farmers, I propose a sum of Rs.389 crore for completion of 21,000 Deep Bore Wells under Deep Borewell Secha Karyakrama and Rs.400 crore for Biju Krushak Vikas Yojana (BKVY) to install 1500 community lift points.
- Rs.81 crore has been proposed for Command Area Development and Water Management (CADWM) activities. To minimize conveyance loss in canals, a sum of Rs.101crore has been proposed under Canal Lining and System Rehabilitation Programme (CLSRP). For the modernization of irrigation projects, a sum of Rs.77 crore has been proposed under Naba Krushna Choudhury Secha Unayana Yojana.
- For the renovation and modernization of 538 MIPs/Tanks in 15 districts, Odisha Integrated Irrigation Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture (OIIPCRA) has been started under World Bank assistance. A sum of Rs.200.00 crore has been proposed under this scheme in 2021-22.
- Our Government had come up with a scheme “Revival of Defunct Lift Irrigation Projects” to address the concerns of Hon’ble Members of the August House. We have so far revived 6346 defunct Lift Irrigation Points. A sum of Rs.160 crore has been proposed in the budget to revive 1000 defunct LIPs during 2021-22, said the Minister.
- Rs. 819 crore proposed under the KALIA scheme Interest Subsidy/Subvention to farmers during 2021-22.
- Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) is being implemented in the State to protect the farmers from loss of income and livelihood arising out of natural calamities/ vagaries of nature etc. An allocation of Rs.500 crore is proposed to provide quick relief and adequate compensation to the farmers during 2021-22.