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Nagaland CM presents tax-free Rs 2679.46 cr deficit budget

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Kohima, February 18: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today presented ‘no fresh tax’ deficit budget of Rs 2679.46 crore for the year 2021-22.
Rio, who holds the finance portfolio, said the current year’s transaction is estimated to result in a negative balance of Rs. 365.33 crore. However, because of the negative opening balance of Rs. 2314.13 crore, the year 2021-22 is estimated to close with the negative balance of Rs. 2679.46 crore.

He said in view of the difficult situation the State is facing, the Government has proposed no new taxes. “However we have to make all possible efforts to increase revenue collections through measures such as better enforcement and steps to check leakage of revenue,” he said.
Also as part of the exercise, instructions have been issued to Government departments not to award supply orders or works contract to firms or contractors who are not registered with the Taxes Department to reduce scope for evasion of taxes, he said. He said efforts are also being made in sectors like Forest and Geology & Mining to tighten control and supervision of the Government agencies over the trade in minerals and different natural resources.
The Chief Minister said the pandemic has adversely impacted the State finances with huge shortfalls in revenues – both of State’s own as well as share in Central taxes and duties. To compound this, he said the Government was compelled to invest huge amounts of unbudgeted funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The additional expenditure in fighting the pandemic alone comes to Rs. 90 crore as on date.
Owing to the pandemic lockdowns, the State’s share of Central Taxes has been reduced in the Revised Estimates of the Union Budget by Rs. 1341.99 crore. Our own revenues are also estimated to decline by Rs. 86.19 crore,” he informed the Assembly.
Accordingly the State’s closing deficit for 2020-21 would have been deteriorated by the amount had it not been for the various measures of reduction in expenditure undertaken by the Government, and as a result the year 2020-21 is estimated to close with a deficit of Rs. 2314.13 crore.
Rio said as going by the budget proposals, he is estimating the gross receipts at Rs. 22451.28 crore and gross expenditure at Rs. 22816.61 crore for the financial year.
On sectoral allocation, he said the budget for the year 2021-22 is affected by the financial crisis caused by the pandemic. “Given the critical situation we are in at this juncture, we had worries about the funds that could be provided for developmental activities during 2021-22. However seeing the steady pace of recovery of the country’s economy and high expectations of a resurgent growth in the year ahead, I have fixed the State developmental outlay for 2021-22 at Rs. 700 crore,” he said.
This is an increase of 9.55% over the Plan Size of 2020-21 , he added.
The CM said this has been done at the cost of increasing the deficit, because the State is passing through a time when the economy needs adequate capital investment to provide an impetus for the much needed growth to take place.
Rio said the State is heavily dependent on Centrally Sponsored Scheme for most of the developmental activities but to ensure smooth flow of Central funds the State Government has allocated Rs. 250 crore towards State Matching Share for central schemes including the DoNER and NEC.
“This will enable us to access greater funding under CSS programs to boost the pace of our development,” he said.
Further the State Government has also made efforts to tap funding for roads and other key infrastructure projects under the scheme of Special Assistance to State for Capital Expenditure with Rs. 200 crore interest free loan assistance.
“Several new and ongoing projects including improvement of district headquarter roads are being undertaken under this program. Further under 5th Finance Commission Awards, several projects for improvement of health infrastructure, road maintenance, construction of High Court Complex, new Raj Bhavan, mini landing strip and improvement of facilities for fire services in the districts will be taken up from 2021-22 onwards. I am also keeping a provision of Rs. 307.31 crore for Externally Aided Projects,” he informed.
(Page News Service)

Fund allocation for departments
*Agri & Allied Sector – Rs. 665 lakh. Of this Rs. 300 lakh earmarked for construction of 65 community agriculture farm roads
*Department of Horticulture – Rs 300 lakh. This include Rs. 200 lakh for horti link roads and Rs. 100
lakh for other earmarked activities
*Soil & Water Conservation – Rs. 340 lakh. Of this Rs. 250 lakh for integrated land development and Rs.
40 lakh for soil heath management
*Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary – Rs. 350 lakh. Of this Rs. 300 lakh for setting up 3 model piggery farms
*Department of Fisheries – Rs. 350 lakh. Of this Rs. 250 lakh for upgradation of 8 demonstration fish farms
*Department of Forest & Wildlife – Rs. 200 lakh
*Department of Cooperation – Rs 100 lakh
*Department of Land Resources Development – Rs. 473.73 lakh. Of this Rs. 166.73 lakh for purchase of 950 rubber sheer roller machines and Rs. 207 lakh for maintenance of coffee plantations
*Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency – Rs. 100 lakh
*Bio Resource and Aromatic Plant – Rs. 100 lakh
*Bee and Honey Mission – Rs. 100 lakh
*NEPED – Rs. 75 lakh
*Department of Rural Development – Rs. 100 lakh
*State Institute of Rural Development – Rs. 240 lakh. Of which Rs. 140 is for construction of an Institute for Training and Research for Tribal Regions and Rs. 100 lakh for training and research activities
*Department of Land Revenue – Rs. 326 lakh. Of this Rs. 150 lakh for upgradation of Surveyor Training Institute and digitilization of online portal, Rs. 100 lakh for construction of Revenue Office Kohima
*Local Area Development Programme – Rs. 50 lakh per Assembly constituency
*Department of Water Resource – Rs. 200 lakh. Of this Rs. 100 lakh for water harvesting structure
*Department o Industries & Commerce – Rs. 350 lakh. Of this Rs. 100 lakh for promotion of entrepreneurship start-up, Rs. 100 lakh for training and Rs. 100 lakh for infrastructure development
*Department of Sericulture – Rs. 327 lakh. Of this Rs. 177.84 lakh for farmers development and Rs. 100
lakh for implementation of Silk Processing Unit
*Department of Geology & Mining – Rs. 200 lakh. Of this Rs. 100 lakh for stockyard and underground water tapping machines
*Nagaland State Mineral Development Corporation – Rs. 100 lakh
*Department of Roads & Bridges – Rs. 3500 lakh. Of this Rs. 2000 lakh for improvement of roads and Rs.
1500 lakh for road development programme
*Department of Mechanical Engineering – Rs. 450 lakh for purchase of heavy machinery and Rs 200 lakh for purchase of dumper trucks
*Department of Road Transport – Rs. 461.86 lakh
*Motor Vehicle Department – Rs. 225.39 lakh. Of this Rs. 175.39 lakh for construction of Regional
Transport Officer’s Office cum-pollution testing centre at Mokokchung
*Department of Science & Technology – Rs. 300 lakh. This include Rs. 200 lakh for purchase of equipment for the Lab and Planetarium
*Department of Information Technology and Communication – Rs. 500 lakh
*Department of Tourism – Rs. 750 lakh. This include Rs. 450 lakh for Hornbill Festival and Rs. 250 lakh for Mini Hornbill festivals
*Department of Economics and Statistics – Rs. 343 lakh
*Department of Food & Civil Supplies – Rs. 127.68 lakh
*Department o Legal Metrology and Consumer Protection – Rs. 100 lakh
*Department of Evaluation – Rs. 309.58 lakh
*Department of School Education – Rs. 769 lakh for construction of Government High Schools and DEO/SDEO Offices
*Department of Higher Education – Rs. 620 lakh. This includes Rs. 100 lakh for NAAC accreditation and construction of academic buildings
*State Council of Educational Research and Training – Rs. 100 lakh
*Department of Technical Education – Rs. 100 lakh
*Department of Youth Resources & Sports – Rs. 790 lakh. This includes Rs. 300 lakh for capacity building
*Department of Art & Culture – Rs. 168 lakh, of this Rs. 50 lakh for promotion of culture activities
*Department of Health & Family Welfare – Rs. 604.90 lakh. Of this Rs. 254.90 lakh for construction of new ward at NHAK and Rs. 150 lakh for construction of 50 bedded District Hospital Kohima
*Medical College Mon – Rs. 325 crore, where 90% sourced from CSS. College to be functional by 2023-24, while Kohima Medical College by 2022-23
*Department of PHE – Rs. 297.43 lakh
*PWD Housing – Rs. 2241.41 lakh. This includes Rs. 100 lakh for construction of Chief Information Commissioner’s Office at Kohima, Rs. 100 lakh for construction of Patient Guest House at Dibrugarh, Rs.
100 lakh for construction of rental housing at Dimapur and Rs. 100 lakh or construction of rest house at Dimapur
*CAWD – Rs. 1530.24 lakh
*Department of Urban Development – Rs. 350.16 lakh for construction of office at Kiphire, construction of P. Shilu Ao Memorial Park at Mokokchung n upgradation of marketing centre of Development Authority Nagaland.
*Department of Municipal Affairs – Rs. 170 lakh for construction of quarters
*Department of Law & Justice – Rs. 330 lakh for High Court Complex
*Department of Home Guards – Rs. 178.48 lakh
*Department of Prisons – Rs. 408 lakh
*Excise Department – Rs. 100 lakh
*Department of Information & Public Relations – Rs. 109.22 lakh
*Department of Labour – Rs. 115 lakh
*Department of Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship – Rs. 100 lakh

*Department of Printing & Stationary – Rs. 63.74 lakh
*Administrative Training Institute – Rs. 50 lakh
*Assembly Complex Project – Rs. 375 lakh
*Department of Social Welfare – Rs. 200 lakh
*Department of Women Resources – Rs. 250 lakh. Out of this Rs 100 lakh for various activities, Rs. 50 for transformative livelihood intervention
*Department of Fire Services – Rs. 30 lakh
*Department of Treasuries & Accounts – Rs. 50.41 lakh
*Department of Border Affairs – Rs. 200 lakh
*Department of Parliamentary Affairs – Rs. 100 lakh
*Department o Taxes – Rs. 90.56 lakh
*Village Guards – Rs. 300 lakh
*Home Department – Rs. 150 lakh for disaster management
*Department of Tribal Affairs – Rs. 50 lakh
*Department of Minority Affairs – Rs. 75 lakh

People friendly budget, says Rio

Dimapur, February 18: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today termed the Budget 2021-22 as “peoples’ friendly while also justifying that the intention of the budget was to make the State self-sufficient in food grains through Agri & Allied sectors.
Addressing the media after presenting the Budget for the year 2021-22 at the Nagaland Legislative Assembly today, Rio stated that the budget was prepared with special focus on Agri & Allied sectors and to make the State self-sustaining economy.
COVID-19 has brought out our dependence on supplies for even basic food items like food grain, fruits, vegetable, etc from outside the State and the Government is working out measures to ensure self-sustenance in the long run, he said.
Rio also claimed that the austerity measures taken by the Government has managed to cut down Government expenses amounting to about Rs. 400 crore.
Stating that the State was losing huge revenue in the power sector, and the Department is running at a deficit, Rio was of the opinion that to derive tangible improvements in the Government sector and enhance revenues, the budget 2021-22 is setting in motion the process of outsourcing and privatization in the Power, Transport and Water Supply sectors.

“This will focus on increasing participatory partnerships with the private sector, especially source owners in water supply, increase economic benefits to the stakeholders as well as the general public and at the same time, it will also help to reduce recurring expenditure of the Government and bring down expenditure to give room for investment in more pressing areas,” he added.
(Page News Service)