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Odisha’s Non-Tax Revenue Up By 3% Despite Slowdown

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s total non-tax revenue generated over the past one year till June 2020 has surged by 3 per cent. While the non-tax revenue during June 2018 to June 2019 was Rs 3,506 crore, the amount increased to Rs 3,609 crore between June 2019 and Jun 2020.

The information was shared by Principal Secretary (Finance) Ashok Meena during a (video conference) meeting of all Secretaries of the State Government today.

Meena said, “Though total program expenditure of all departments up to June, 2020 reduced by around 5.06%, in comparison to last fiscal, the expenditure in social and other sectors increased considerably.”

The total programme expenditure up to June, 2020 in current fiscal was around Rs 8,923 crore against the last year’s expenditure of around Rs 9,399 crore. But the expenditure in social sectors including health and family welfare programmes was around Rs 5,281 crore up to June, 2020, against last year’s expenditure of Rs 4,225 crore.

Similarly, the expenditure in other sectors including food security programmes has been around Rs 1,607 crore in comparison to last year’s expenditure of Rs 305 crore.

“The total revenue augmentation from both own-tax and non-tax sources up to June, 2020 came down by around 22.94% in comparison to corresponding period of last year. The total revenue collection up to June of current fiscal year was Rs 8,204 crore against the last year’s collection of Rs 10,645 crore,” said Meena.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy who presided over the meeting stressed on revenue generation, COVID containment, online delivery of services and categorisation of OA (Odisha Administrative) cases. All Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries joined the meeting through Odisha Secretariat Workflow Automation System (OSWAS) platform.

“Ensure continuance of industrial, agricultural, horticultural and mining activities. Transport of goods must be continued to ensure supply of essential commodities throughout the State,” the Chief Secretary directed Collectors and HoDs of in-line departments. The Departments were asked to chalk out a standard operating procedure (SOP) for facilitating ‘work from home’, “since the fight against COVID-19 is expected to be long haul.”

He complimented the Departments for effective delivery of online services under the 5T Charter of the State Government. He directed Departments associated with COVID management to be more sharp and vigilant on containment of the infection. The Observers, Chief District Medical Officers and Collectors of the hotspot districts were directed to ensure supply of life saving drugs in their respective hospitals.

“Keeping in view, the possibility of increase in patient load, the COVID hospitals must be kept free of asymptomatic cases. The COVID care centers (CCCs) should be equipped with required support for treatment of a symptomatic cases, and, advance preparations must be done for increasing beds in hospitals as per necessity.” The diet allowance per patient in CCC is enhanced to Rs 240 and provide them good food as per the suggested menu, said Tripathy.

Reviewing the kind of cases transferred from Odisha Administrative Tribunal to Orissa High Court, Tripathy directed concerned departments to categorise the cases like regularisation, pensions, promotion and transfer and take in-principle decisions for early disposals. A committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra for this purpose.

The departments were directed to prioritize the applications received under ‘e-Abhijoga’ (Odisha State Grievance Redressal Portal) and take those to logical conclusions. Chief Secretary also directed to put more and more public services on online mode.

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