Odisha state budget utilization during the current financial year has gone up to around Rs.16202 crore by the end of August, 2016 compared to the expenditure of Rs.12,589 cr during the same period of last fiscal year, said official sources here. 

The fund utlization was discussed at a meeting of all secretaries chaired by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi. Reviewing the progress in various sectors, Padhi directed to augment the revenue collection through one time settlements of old pending cases for supporting higher expenditure in infrastructure and agricultural sectors. 

He also wanted officers to focus on mapping of the requirements for connecting the unconnected villages and habitations in priority. The meeting deliberated on various aspects of the identification of unconnected villages and habitations. It was decided to follow both the methods of space technology with GIS mapping and ground level survey for the purpose. A committee was formed under the chairmanship of development commissioner R. Balakrishnan with principal secretaries and secretaries of the departments of rural development, forest and environment, ST and SC development, chief executive officer, Odisha Space Application Center to have close monitoring of the progress. The development commissioner Balakrishnan said that the district level committees under the respective collectors would look in to the ground data availed through remote sensing and would determine the nature of the gap in connectivity. 

The meeting deliberated on the connectivity from the view points of approach road and service delivery. The chief secretary directed to focus on road connectivity in the first phase and complete the identification of the unconnected villages within two to three months. Disposal of the applications received through eabhijog online system also figured in the meeting. The special secretary Ashok Kumar Meena informed that so far a total number of 34,613 grievances have been received through various departments out of which more than 60 per cent have been disposed and relief has been provided. 

The state plan expenditure during 2016-17 up to August,2016 has been around Rs.16,202 cr which is 35 per cent of the budget estimate against the expenditure of around 31 per cent during the same period of 2015-16. The budget utilization in agriculture & allied sectors has been around Rs.4154 cr up to August, 2016 which is more than 37 per cent of the budget estimate of the current year against the total spending of around 29 per cent during the same period of 2015-16. 

Similarly, the utilization in infrastructure sector has gone up to around 44% against the spending of 39 per cent. The social sector spending also followed the same pattern of with utilization of around Rs.6433 cr. i.e. around 32 per cent of the budget estimate. The revenue collection from both the own tax and non-tax sources has been to the tune of around Rs.10622 crore said the official sources.