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Sikkim CM urges cut on unnecessary expenditure
GANGTOK, JUL 30:
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Published on 30 Jul. 2009 11:23 PM IST
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Reiterating the need for increasing the state’s revenue, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Thursday called for ‘collective responsibility’ to cut down unnecessary expenditure even as a major chunk of the annual budget goes in paying salaries to government employees. According to UNI report, in the last financial year alone, the state government had spent Rs 514 crore in paying salaries which is a big burden for the state, Chamling said, while presenting his vote of thanks on the concluding day of the budget session in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. ‘’Further, we are projecting that the sum in paying government salaries will increase this time due to arrears and we are estimating that Rs 828 crore will be spent this time on salaries,’’ Chamling said.The House must take this seriously, he added. ‘’We must balance the present rate of increase of government expenditure and salaries with a proportionate increase in the revenue generation, besides instituting stringent policies towards curtailing non-plan expenditure and maintaining austerity measures in government expenditure,’’ the Chief Minister said. He added that the state government is already working on key revenue areas like hydro power, tourism and industries. Sikkim is assured of minimum Rs 150 crore annually from the Teesta Stage V hydro electric plant which has started its operations,’’ Chamling said. He added that the state will get around Rs 1000 crore annually from the power sector by 2015 and sought support from all sections of the society towards the hydro power projects. Earlier, the annual budget of 2009-10 was passed in the House.

 
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