BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, February 23: The Assam government will place its full-fledged budget for the fincial year 2015-16 in the State Assembly on March 10. For the 2015-16 State budget, a Plan allocation of Rs 25,406 crore has been made by the State government. The Plan allocation for the 2014-15 budget was around Rs 21,000 crore. Sources said that utilization of Plan funds by the departments in the fincial year 2014-15 was poor, despite allocation of huge amount of funds. As on December 31, 2014, only 28 per cent of the allocated funds were utilized by the departments concerned.
Despite that, a whopping Plan allocation of Rs 25,406 crore has been made by the State government this time, keeping an eye on the 2016 Assembly elections to impress voters, sources added.
A Plan allocation of Rs 1804.48 crore has been made for crop husbandry, horticulture, agriculture, fishery and forest sectors; Rs 4197.80 crore for rural development, Rs 327.27 crore for special areas programme, Rs 2568.65 crore for irrigation and flood control, Rs 828.32 crore for energy, Rs 351.84 crore for industry and commerce, Rs 2098.57 crore for transport, Rs 80.09 crore for communication, Rs 575.39 crore for general economic services, Rs 24.92 crore for science and technology, Rs 9216.62 crore for social services, Rs 642.33 crore for general services, Rs 1845.8 crore for other areas plan, Rs 347.1 crore for NEC outlays and Rs 514.77 crore for the non-lapsable central pool resource outlay.
Plan allocation has also been made for different special packages of the Chief Minister.