Imphal, February 14, 2020 (DIPR): In the evening session of 10th session of the Eleventh Manipur Legislative Assembly today Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh also in-charge of Finance presented Supplementary Demands for Grants, 2019-20 for expenditure from the consolidated funds of the State of Manipur during the financial year 2019-20. The Demands for Supplementary Grants included an additional expenditure of Rs 484479.17 lakhs (Rs 135943.18 lakhs in Revenue Expenditure and Rs 348535.99 lakhs in other expenditure).
Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, also in-charge of Finance, reaffirming the commitment of the Government stated that the policies of the Government are people-oriented and decisions are based on feedback from the public. He said that the decisions and actions of the Government are evident from the various initiatives taken up such as, ‘Go to Hills’, ‘Go to Village’, ‘Meeyamgi Numit’, ‘Hills Leaders Day’ and various schemes launched, including Chief Minister’s Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), Chief Minister’s Shotharabashingi Tengbang (CMST), Start-Up Manipur and Stand-Up Manipur.
Chief Minister presented the fourth Budget of the present Government of Manipur for the year 2020-21. The total receipts are estimated at Rs. 20,146 crore. The revenue receipts are estimated at Rs. 18,083 crore and capital receipts at Rs. 2,063 crore. The total estimates of State’s own tax and non-tax receipts in the budget estimate 2020-21 are Rs. 1,325 crore and Rs. 257 crore respectively. Receipt from the State’s share in Central Taxes & Duties is estimated at Rs. 5,630 crore in BE 2020-21. This is an increase of 39 per cent over RE 2019-20 estimates.
Chief Minister also proposed a total expenditure of Rs. 21,224 crore out of the Consolidated Fund of the State for the year 2020-21. Out of the total expenditure, an amount of Rs. 2,066 crore is Charged expenditure and the remaining amount of Rs.19,159 crore is Voted expenditure.
Total Revenue Expenditure is estimated at Rs. 16,445 crore. Capital outlay is estimated at Rs. 3,356 crore, which is an increase of Rs. 397 crore over Revised Estimates of 2019-20. Summing up, Chief Minister highlighted the likely fiscal position during the next year with Fiscal deficit estimated at Rs. 1,363 crore. This is 4.06 per cent of the GSDP and it is beyond the prescribed limit of 3 per cent fixed as per State FRBM Act. The total outstanding debt is projected at 35.91 per cent of the GSDP during 2020-21 against Revised estimates of 37.88 per cent.
Chief Minister also highlighted the Investment, Expenditure and Policy Initiatives of the Government. He said that investing in human capital is the need of the hour and priority has been given to Education by enhancing the budgetary outlay from Rs. 1748 crore in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 2017 crore in RE 2019-20 and further to Rs. 2252 crore in BE 2020-21. The Government has also allocated Rs. 6 crore in BE 2020-21 to support Higher Education. To enhance Skill Development, the Government have taken up skill development programs under various schemes including PMKVY, SANKALP and Strive. For Skill Development, Budgetary outlay has been enhanced from Rs. 51 crore in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 71 crore in BE 2020-21.
A budgetary allocation of Rs. 20 crore has been made in BE 2020-21 with an aim to continue to provide support under the flagship Health Programme – Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT). The budgetary support to JNIMS has been increased from the existing level of Rs. 95 crore in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 103.34 crore in RE 2019-20 and Rs. 116.4 crore in BE 2020-21. A budgetary allocation of Rs. 2 crore in BE 2020-21 have been made for proper management of biomedical waste generated to ensure a healthy society.
To provide safe drinking water to the areas in and around Imphal, an allocation of Rs. 15 crore has been provided for BE 2020-21 for the Chingkheikhong Water Treatment Plant project. Steps have been taken to start the Implementation of NBD-assisted project of drinking water supply and a provision of Rs. 82.5 crore as state component for this project has been kept in BE 2020-21. The Imphal Sewerage Project Phase-1 has been completed and is undergoing trial runs and will ne commissioned by March 2020. To enable the PHE department to operationalize the Imphal Sewerage System, a provision of Rs. 10 crore has been provided in RE 2019-20. Budgetary outlay under Drinking Water & Sanitation has been enhanced from Rs. 261 crore in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 426 crore in RE 2019-20 and further to Rs. 1017 crore in BE 2020-21.
To provide pension to employees of the Autonomous District Councils (ADC), the Government has allocated Rs. 13.5 crore and Rs. 35.2 crore respectively in RE 2019-20 & 2020-21. The Government has allocated Rs. 2 crore in BE 2020-21 to construct a Guest House to provide accommodation for the Village Chiefs/Chairman of the hills. The Budgetary outlay under Tribal Affairs & Hills has increased from Rs. 676 crore in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 885 crore in RE 2019-20 and further to Rs. 912 crore in BE 2020-21.
The Budgetary Outlay under Rural Development has increased to Rs. 2714 crore in BE 2020-21` from Rs. 1869 in RE 2019-20. For Public Works Budgetary outlay has been enhanced from Rs. 855 crore to Rs. 895 crore in BE 2020-21. As the State has immense potential for tourism sector, the Government is planning to develop tourist spots in all the districts of the state. For this a budget allocation of Rs 18 crore has been made in BE 2020-21.
For environmental conservation and protection of forest cover and wildlife, a budgetary allocation of Rs. 1 crore has been provided in BE 2020-21 under The Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission (CMGMM). For the project ‘Rejuvenation and Conservation of Nambul River’, an amount of Rs. 97.72 crore has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India of which an amount Rs. 18 crore has been released till date. The budgetary outlay for Forest & Environment has been enhanced from Rs. 232 crore in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 345 crore in RE 2019-20 and further to Rs. 491 crore in BE 2020-21.
For Scheduled Castes, Minorities and Other Backward Castes, the budgetary outlay has been enhanced from Rs. 112 crore from BE 2019-20 to Rs. 275 crore in BE 2020-21. For the welfare of the mediapersons, the Government have enhanced allocation of pension scheme from Rs. 5 lakhs in BE 2019-20 to Rs. 20 lakhs in both RE 2019-20 & 2020-21 under the Manipur Journalist Pension Scheme.
Chief Minister stated that in order to meet any shortfall, the Government proposed to create a ‘State Share Corpus’ providing an allocation of Rs. 200 crore for BE 2020-21. This is to ensure higher pace of development of the State as the proper flow of funds from Centre under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes depends to a large extent on the provision of adequate State Matching Shares. In addition, a separate ‘Development Corpus’ has been created with an allocation of Rs 130 crore in BE 2020-21. This corpus fund will be used to fund special projects which can bring real and tangible benefits to the State.
Chief Minister also stated that the Budget is not a ‘Magic Pill’ that can miraculously solve all the problems, constraints faced by the State in general and particularly the economy. There are serious issues facing the State’s economy and the Government, through this budget, conveys its seriousness in tackling these issues to bring about real and holistic development of the State.
Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh, Leader of the House also presented Twelfth Report of the Business Advisory Committee, 2020 and also moved for allocation of time proposed by the Committee.