Bhubaneswar: Preparations have begun right in earnest for the Annual Budget 2020-21 but not without the people’s participation. The Finance Department has invited suggestions in a structured format, which has been displayed on the web page to be used as an input in the process of preparation of Annual Budget 2020-21.
People can send their suggestions by e-mail to [email protected]. Suggestions can also be sent on Whatsapp and SMS to the mobile number (+91) 9438161111. This faci!ity will be available for a fortnight beginning December 18 till January 15, 2020.
The Finance Department has been holding pre-Budget consultation with a cross section of the society in the previous years to make the budgetary process more open and participative using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The portal [email protected] displays all budget related documents.
“Budget making has been made inclusive in the past couple of years. For 2020-21 annual budget, the Finance Department has sought opinion and suggestions from people of different walks of life. Stakeholders can send their suggestions through emails and other platforms and actively participate in budget making,” Finance Department Minister, Niranjan Pujari said.
“We have also ensured that all the line Departments of the Government get sufficient time for charting out their requirements and what they expect from the budget. We will hold one-on-one discussion with different departments in this regard before finalising the budget proposal,” Finance Secretary Ashok Meena said.