Dehradun, March 28: The newly elected government in Uttarakhand under the leadership of Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has tabled a vote-on-account of Rs 16,048 crore for the first four months of the next financial year. The decision was taken in the Uttarakhand assembly on Monday afternoon. Parliamentary Affairs and finance minister Prakash Pant presented the vote-on-account in the state assembly for the period from April 1 to July 31, 2017, TOI reported. While presenting the budget, Pant said that against the total Rs 38,441 crore annual estimate for the financial year 2017-18, the state government has brought a vote-on-account of Rs 16,048 crore for the first four months. Also Read - Indian Idol 12 Contestant Pawandeep Rajan Drives on Mountain Road, Video is Breaking Internet
The discussion on the vote of account is scheduled for Tuesday i. e today while the voting on it would be on Wednesday. The Uttarakhand government claimed that after the results were declared on March 11 it did not have enough time for the budget preparations and hence came up with the decision of presented a vote-on-account of Rs 16,048 crore for the first four months. “This vote-on-account is an effort on our party to take the state on path of financial stability, “Pant said. Also Read - 30 Sadhus Test COVID Positive During Kumbh Mela In Haridwar, Admitted to Hospitals
Pant said, “This is not the traditional budget where we had plan and non-plan allocation. It has been made on the pattern of revenue and capital”. The Minister said it was not possible to present a detailed budget in such a short duration. He further said, “To ensure that the required expenses were not affected or a situation arose were we faced financial problems in paying salaries and pension, we went for vote-on-account,” said Pant. (ALSO READ: Trivendra Singh Rawat government unearths land acquisition scam, recommends CBI probe) Also Read - Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021: Will Mela be Cut Short Due to Covid? Read What Official Says
Keeping in mind the priorities of the state, the state government has come up with some new initiatives. “We have kept Rs 22 crore for the police department and Rs 100 crore for the Central paramilitary forces,” the minister said. Pant said that the state government made sure that the development project which are under process in the state are not impacted. “We have made provisions to ensure that the funds for such project like Doon Medical College, ISBT and Mukhya Mantri Swastha Bheema Yojna are timely released,” added the finance minister.
Meanwhile, the new BJP government in Uttarakhand today tabled two major bills, including one on Lokayukta, in the Uttarakhand Assembly. A strong Lokayukta was part of BJP’S vision document for this year’s assembly polls in the state. Tabling the bills, Pant said the state government is committed to eliminating corruption, PTI reported. The Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill-2017 is drafted on the lines of the Lokayukta bill introduced during former BJP chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s tenure which was repealed after Congress government took over in 2012. Along with Lokayukta Bill, another important bill was passed by the House today was Uttarakhand Transfers Bill that aims to bring about transparency in the transfer of government officials.