Lok Sabha approves government’s additional expenditure demand of Rs 11,698 cr

Aug 8, 2018 15:56 IST
Lok Sabha approves government’s additional expenditure demand of Rs 11,698 cr

The Lok Sabha on August 7, 2018 passed the Supplementary Demands for Grants for the fiscal year 2018-19, in which Government had sought additional expenditure of Rs 11,698 crore.

As per the latest demands for grants, the net cash outgo amounts to Rs 5,951,22 crore and the government's gross additional expenditure have been shown at Rs 5,745.68 crore.

Key Highlights

The account of expenditure includes a sum worth Rs 1,792 crore to be allocated to the Agriculture Ministry and Rs 1,500 crore to be given to the Textiles Ministry for meeting additional expenditure.

Besides, Rs 1,058 crore will be allocated to Defence Ministry towards salary and allowances in respect of employees of Border Roads Organisation.

The Petroleum Ministry will also be allocated a sum worth Rs 1,708 crore as grants for the creation of capital assets under various schemes.

Under the "technical supplementary demands for grants" of the Civil Aviation Ministry, the government has sought Rs 980 crore towards Turnaround Plan (TAP) for the heavily indebted state-owned Air India, which has an accumulated debt of Rs 50,000 crore.

The grant has been sought as part of the equity infusion into the national carrier, whose proposed strategic divestment failed to take off earlier in 2018.

The government has also requested a token provision of Rs 1.02 crore for enabling re-appropriation of savings in cases of new service or new instrument of service.

Further, a grant worth Rs 600 crore has been sought for meeting additional expenditure towards payment of arrears of revised Time Related Continuity Allowance to Gramin Dak Sewaks.

Significance

The Supplementary Demands for Grants for the fiscal 2018- 19 is recorded to be the lowest in the last 15 years, as it is just 2 per cent of the total budget estimates in comparison to 14 per cent in 2008-09.

Further, the highest amount among the grant demands has been allocated for agriculture, as it is the area of priority for the government.

The government has also given more funds to each sector including food, education, health, MSME, power, housing, rural development, railways and road transport and highways.

Besides the Supplementary grants bill, the lower house of the Parliament also passed demand for excess grants for 2015-16 and the Appropriation Bill 2018.

 

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