Big hikes in rural spending

Funds for MGNREGA maintained at Rs.33,000 crore, same as in 2012-13

By Jitendra
Published: Thursday 28 February 2013

Finance minister P Chidambaram has announced a budgetary support of Rs 80,194 crore for 2013-14, one of the highest allocations in the past four fiscal years (see table).

“As per estimation, in the present financial year (2012-13) the rural development ministry can spend Rs 55,000 crore before the end of current year,” said Finance Minister P Chidambaram in his budget speech. The flagship programme of the UPA government, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) would get Rs 33,000 crore, he announced. Another flagship programme for rural road construction, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) saw a cut in budget as many states fulfilled their objectives. The scheme would get Rs 21,700 crore in the coming financial year.

For states like Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan that have fulfilled the objectives of PMGSY, the finance minister announced the secod phase of scheme—PMGSY II.

The rural housing scheme, Indira Awas Yojana, would get Rs 15,184 crore.


Budgetary support for rural development
  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Ministry of Rural Development ministry 66,638 76,376 55,000 80,194

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