Kozhikode District Panchayat Budget 2018-19, Lays Stress On Life Mission
The Rs 4.67-crore surplus Kozhikode district panchayat budget, with a revenue of Rs 139.54 crores and expenditure of Rs 134.87 crores, was presented by district panchayat vice-president. The budget gave priority to the Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) Mission envisaged by the State government aimed at providing houses to the homeless in rural areas. An outlay of Rs 12.76 crores has been made for the project.
Housing, school infrastructure and agriculture sector received major attention in the Kozhikode District Panchayat’s annual budget for 2018-19.
District panchayat president, who chaired the budget session, also said that the government had already sanctioned Rs 62 crore this financial year. Last fiscal, it had sanctioned Rs 54 crore.
The contribution of the government under the LIFE mission project would be 40% of the total funds. Beneficiaries of the project were selected from the meeting of grama sabhas, he said, adding that the housing schemes for those with their own land would continue under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
The budget also laid emphasis on improving infrastructure at educational institutions. Solar panels will be installed in 44 high schools. Electricity Minister will launch the Rs 3.5-crore project at Kokkallur High School on April 9. Besides, a sum of Rs 4.40 crore has been earmarked for carrying out repairs at government schools in April and May.
The agriculture sector has been earmarked Rs 4.68 crores. The fund will be utilised for expanding paddy and organic vegetable cultivation and encouraging inter-cropping practices. Steps will be taken to purchases tractors and harvesting equipment for farmers.
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