The Maharashtra Government on Monday tabled supplementary demands worth ₹4,284.65 crore in both Houses of the state legislature of the state, including funds for pension of freedom fighters and to help milk producers in the state.
Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, ‘Of the total, ₹3,146.43 crore is the demand for additional expenditure till the next session while the rest of the amount pertains to expenses already incurred by the government’
He added, ‘Rest of the amount has already been spent and we want to make a provision of it’. Mungantiwar added that the supplementary demand jumped because of the state’s government Decision to allot ₹2000 crore in its contingency fund.
“While another burden came following the Supreme Court Direction’s to issue pension to some freedom fighters who were earlier denied it due to technical reasons by the earlier government in 2004,” Mungantiwar added.
State Finance Minister further added that we had to make some financial arrangement to make an extra payment to these pensioners which is almost ₹482 crores.
The State Government also made a financial allocation of ₹305 crore for Milk Procurement. Mungantiwar added that Diaries have been asked to shell out extra money to milk suppliers, for which budget was not allocated in last financial year, hence ₹305 crore has been sought under the supplementary demands, the minister said.
While earlier in the day, Opposition parties boycotted the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s address to the joint sitting of the Maharashtra legislature to voice their protest against his recent remarks on the RSS.
Earlier this month, Governor Rao had in Nagpur said that RSS is one of the of the most secular and inclusive organisations as it has always respected the right of individuals to practice their own faith.
Expressing displeasure over the remarks, opposition members stayed away from the Central Hall where the governor arrived to deliver his address to the joint sitting of both the Houses on the first day of the budget session.