Centre’s approval for Union Territory’s budget expected shortly
Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Tuesday convened a full-fledged meeting of the Cabinet at the Legislative Assembly to chart out a development plan for 2018-19.
The meeting was held in anticipation of the Centre according approval for the budget of the Union Territory for the fiscal shortly.
Ministers A. Namassivayam, Malladi Krishna Rao, M. Kandasamy, M.O.H.F. Shahjahan, R. Kamalakannan, Chief Secretary Ashwani Kumar, Development Commissioner A. Anbarasu and Secretaries to Government also attended the meeting. Official sources said the meeting discussed various developmental schemes the administration should take up during 2018-19.
The Centre is yet to grant approval for the draft budget the Puducherry government submitted about a month ago. The government is expecting to pass a full Budget as the House had given expenditure sanction only till July.
The Assembly had passed a vote-on-account for ₹2,466.66 crore during its one-day session on March 26. Subsequently, the State Planning Board, which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on April 27, had recommended a plan outlay of ₹7,530 crore for the current fiscal.
The House, which reassembled on June 4, was adjourned sine die by the Deputy Speaker V. Sivakolundhu on June 5 after winding up the discussion on Motion of thanks to the Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi’s address.
The adjournment came amid the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking clarifications about the amount projected as grant-in aid from the Centre in the projected outlay approved by the State Planning Board. The Union Territory had projected ₹360 crore as grant-in-aid in the outlay for this financial year.