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ODISHA PLAN SPENDING RISES BY 19%

The State Plan expenditure has grown by 19 per cent by December 31, 2017.
This was revealed at the all Secretaries’ meeting held under chairmanship of Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat on Tuesday.
The total Plan expenditure by December-end was Rs29,542 crore against Rs24,761 crore spending recorded during the corresponding period of the last fiscal. However, the spending is nearly 58 per cent of the Budget estimate, sources said.
While expenditure in agriculture sector was Rs7,020 crore, the amount spent in infrastructure sector and social sector were Rs8,246 crore and Rs12,740 crore, respectively.
Besides, it was revealed that the revenue collection from own tax sources reached Rs15,164 crore despite market slowdown.
Total collection from tax and nontax sources stood at nearly Rs20,102 crore, which is less than one per cent of the total collection made during the corresponding period of the last fiscal.
The Chief Secretary advised the Secretaries to keep up the pace of expenditure. Similarly, he asked the district Collectors and field officials to expedite ongoing projects and complete them before time.
Since no new work will be taken up because of the code of conduct in vogue due to the Panchayat polls, officials should focus on the ongoing work, said Padhi.
He also stressed on collection of revenue through electronic means such as GPF, RFID and mobile apps from April 1, 2017.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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