New Delhi : Committed to contain fiscal deficit within the redline drawn by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the government may trim planned expenditure by over Rs 80,000 crore or about 15 % of the budgeted amount in the current fiscal.
“The revised estimates for various departments are on. There is likely to be about 15 % cut in overall Plan expenditure,” a top government official told PTI. The cuts in allocation to various ministries are being effected due to lower utilisation of allocated funds so far this fiscal.
“We have evaluated the amount spent by various ministries in the seven months of the fiscal. On that basis the cuts are being effected in the revised estimates,” the official added. The centre has budgeted total plan expenditure at Rs 5.55 lakh crore in the current fiscal. The total expenditure, including non-plan, is budgeted at Rs 16.65 lakh crore.
In 2012-13 fiscal, the plan expenditure was reduced by over Rs 90,000 crore to Rs 4.29 lakh crore, from Rs 5.21 lakh crore estimated in budget. This helped to contain fiscal deficit at 4.9 % of GDP. Sources say there has been about 18 % cut in the budget allocation to the Rural Development Ministry for 2013-14.
In the revised estimates for 2013-14 fiscal, the Finance Ministry has cut the allocation to the Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Human Resource Development by about Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore respectively.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, sources said, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram raising concerns about the cut the fund allocation saying it would hinder development.