Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s annual budget has increased from Rs. 1.77 crore in 1936-37 to Rs 1,20,028 crore in 2018-19, according to a special booklet on 80-years of Odisha Budget.
The special booklet titled “80 years of Odisha Budget, a Commemorative Volume” was released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday.
“The unique publication provides a glimpse into the rich history of Odisha and presents a record of its changing socio-economic, political and cultural landscape through the lens of the budget,” Patnaik said.
“This compilation is an effort to present the journey of Odisha through these eighty years in facts, figures and pictorial representation. Odisha is the first state in the country to bring out such a compilation. It will be a useful document for the scholars, researchers and policymakers,” Patnaik added.
The CM said, “Budget is the mirror of the policies of the governments. The eighty budgets presented since 1936 portray the commitment of the government to take the state on the path of development. The description traces the journey of the state through the initial phase of turbulent reconstruction of the state to the relatively stable time of the present day.”
Patnaik said that over the years Odisha Budget has shown innovations to achieve the broader objective of development and welfare of the people of the state. “The state came up with a separate Agriculture Budget in 2013-14 and a separate Agriculture Cabinet in 2016 for focused attention to Agriculture sector,” he pointed out.
“Over these years, the state has made significant strides in education, health and infrastructure sectors. Successive governments have shown their commitments to address the developmental challenges. Eighty years is a long and phenomenal journey for the state. We have achieved many milestones during the period,” the CM said.
“There is a growing aspiration among the people of the state. Keeping in view the aspirations of the people, there has to be a constant endeavour from all stakeholders to work together for a better future,” the CM added.