The Uddhav Thackeray government on Monday tabled supplementary demands to the tune of Rs 24,723 crore in the Maharashtra Assembly. The supplementary demands were tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who holds department of planning and finance on the first day of the budget session.
The supplementary demands of Rs 15,000 crore have been earmarked for the Maha Vikas Aghadi government’s ambitious crop loan waiver scheme named after leading social activist Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.
This is in addition to Rs 10,000 crore approved by the state cabinet last week under the Contingency Fund. The crop loan waiver scheme will cover 35 lakh farmers with a loan up to Rs 2 lakh with a cut off date of September 30, 2019. The government will announce the first list of 20,000 beneficiaries today.
In addition to this, the government has earmarked Rs 3,523 crore for the Revenue and forests Rs 3,523 crore, Public Works Department Rs 1,477 crore of which Rs 434 crore for major roads and bridges works, Rs 650 crore towards hybrid annuity, Urban Development Department Rs 679 crore comprising Rs 103 crore for Pune Metro, in addition, Rs 375 crore towards subordinate debt of state government, Rs 210 crore to municipal corporations for putting in place basic amenities, Rs 185 crore to municipal councils as special grant for providing basic amenities.
The government has earmarked for Industries Department Rs 1,476 crore, of which, Rs 1,417 crore for concessions given to power looms and agriculture consumers. The government also tabled supplementary expenditure of Rs 4,204 crore for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.