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Budget placed amid uproar

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 29: The Odisha Assembly today approved the state’s first supplementary budget of Rs 7,144.58 crore. Amid uproar by Opposition members, finance minister Prasanna Acharya placed the budget in the House.

The Odisha government has earmarked Rs 2,074.36 crore for relief, restoration and repair of Phailin and flood-affected areas in the supplementary budget. The government is expected to get Rs 1,800 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund and Rs 274.36 crore from the State Disaster Response Fund.

The budget has earmarked Rs 21.79 crore as input subsidy for seeds and fertilisers to farmers in the cyclone-affected areas. The supplementary budget also earmarked Rs 5 core as an infrastructure development grant to Ravenshaw University. “For the first time, we allocated Rs 6.25 crore for imparting self-defence training to girls students,” said Acharya.

Around Rs 131.16 crore was allocated in the budget to build kitchen sheds under the midday meal programme.

Funds were also allocated to take up the capital region ring road project, infrastructure development for Nabakalebar.