Friday, 3 June 2016, 11:45:17 am

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released a special booklet titled ‘80 years of Odisha Budget-A Commemorative Volume’ at Jaydev Bhawan here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “This compilation is an effort to present the journey of Odisha in these 80 years through facts, figures and pictorial representation. Odisha is the first state in the country to bring out such a compilation.”

Stating that the compilation will be useful for scholars, researchers and policy makers, the CM said, “Budget is a mirror of the policies of the government. The 80 budgets presented since 1936 portray the commitment of the government to take the state on the path of development. Over the years, Odisha budget has showed innovation to achieve the broader objective of development and welfare for the people of the state.”

“The state came up with a separate agricultural budget in 2016 with focused attention on the agricultural sector. Over the years, the state has made significant strides in educational, health and infrastructural sector. Eighty years is a long time and phenomenal journey for the state. We have achieved milestones during this period,” Naveen added.

When Odisha became a state 80 years ago, the budget was only Rs 1.77 crore. When we took over the government in year 2000, the budget had only been Rs 14, 000 crore. Today, the budget is Rs 1, 20, 000 crore, he stated.