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Mohilary tables BTC budget

Kokrajhar, April 9: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary today presented a Rs 330-crore budget estimate in the House for the year 2012-13.

Mohilary, who also holds the finance portfolio in the Bodo council, today presented the annual budget estimate for the year 2012-2013 which he said is 10 per cent increase from the last BTC budget. Mohilary said the budget laid more emphasis on agriculture, health, road communication, forest and education. He expressed hope that the budget would be passed by the House.

In his speech, Mohilary highlighted some of the major achievements in various departments in previous years. He said the BTC was able to utilise the entire plan and non-plan allocation received from the state government and other sources from the central sector programme .

Mohilary said the BTC proposed to allocate Rs 2,056 lakh to health and family welfare department for the current year to take up preventive, curative and other health-related programmes in addition to the programmes taken up by National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

He said an amount of Rs 9.10 crore was also earmarked for taking up upgrade of health institutions, including construction of office building at Habrubari in Kokrajhar for Rs 1.35 crore.

Mohilary said an amount of Rs 2,032 lakh has been earmarked for the fiscal year 2012-13 for continuation of the ongoing schemes in the education department. Mohilary in his speech said shortage of teachers in primary and middle schools because of non-recruitment of teachers for many years by the state government has brought untold difficulties in the educational institutions under BTC area.

He said the matter was taken up with the state government who had agreed to fill up vacant posts soon.

Before Mohilary presented his budget speech, BTC member Laben Basumatary raised questions about the total cost required for the completion of Champamati irrigation project.

In reply, BTC executive member Derhasat Basumatary said Rs 135.16 crore sanctioned by the state and the Union government for projects was utilised. He said of the total sanctioned amount, Rs 43.85 crore central package for BTC under non-lapsable central pool of resources was also included.

Basumatary said for the full implementation under the revised estimate, the project requires Rs 174.06 crore. He also said the Centre had released Rs 40.5 crore to the state government under the accelerated irrigation benefit programme on March 27. The BTC is yet to get the amount, he said. Replying to another query, BTC member Daneswar Borgoyary said unauthorised buying and selling of land was reported in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). He said according to the BTC Accord, the individuals should have permission from the BTC over buying and selling of land.


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