Tribal budget reworked to Rs 100 crore more

PTI, PANAJI | 10 August 2011 18:00 IST

The tribal agitation seems to be paying dividends with most of the Goa government departments re-appropriating their budgets under the tribal sub-plan (TSP) to the tune of almost Rs 100 crore.

Goa has total budget outlay of Rs 3,320 crore for the financial year 2011-12. The state budget for FY 2011-12, which had estimated to spend Rs 229 crore on the tribal and tribal dominated areas is now enhanced its allocation to Rs 332 crore under TSP, a senior official said.

Government figures revealed that Digambar Kamat-led government had increased the outlay for tribal sub plan for FY 2011-12 to 8.64 per cent as compared to 5.65 per cent for FY 2010-11. Now the target is to bring 12 per cent of the total outlay under the plan.

State Tribal Welfare Director Dipak Desai said the allocation under TSP – means the budget to be spent on the Scheduled Tribe community, has touched 10.2 per cent as against the projected average of 12 per cent.

Officials stated that the target of 12 per cent would have been achieved, if not for the state Public Works Department (PWD), which is yet to rework its proposals.

PWD, which is expected to allot 30 per cent of its budget for the tribal sub plan as against current allocation of 11.69 per cent, the figures revealed.

Desai said Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has been holding periodical meetings to ensure that the departments rework their budgets to increase outlay under the TSP.

United Tribal Associations Alliance (UTAA) is agitating in the state pressing for their 12-point agenda including the demand that 12 per cent of the budgetary provisions made be utilised for tribal community. 

Goa government which had series of negotiation meetings with the agitators had asked few of the departments like health, forest and Craftsman training to allot 15 per cent of their total budget for the plan.

While majority of the departments have to spend 12 per cent of their budget, some departments like municipal administration (8 per cent) and Information Technology (2 per cent) have to spend less on the plan striking an average of exact 12 per cent.


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