Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday tabled supplementary demands worth Rs 4,284.65 crore in both Houses of the state legislature out of which major chunk of Rs 2,000 crore will be used for drought mitigation.
Of this, Rs 3,146.43 crore is the demand for additional expenditure till the next session of the state legislature while the rest of the amount pertains to expenses already incurred by the government. “Rest of the amount has already been spent and we want to make a provision for it,” Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said.
The supplementary demand figure jumped because of the state’s government’s decision to allot Rs 2,000 crore in its contingency fund, he said. The state government also made a financial allocation of Rs 305 crore for milk procurement.
The dairies have been asked to shell out extra money to milk suppliers, for which budget allocation was not made in March last year. Hence, Rs 305 crore has been sought under the supplementary demands, the minister said.
Beside this Rs 1,000 crore has been provided for supplying solar water pumps to farmers.